Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Martin Rickett

City out to overcome controversy in FA Cup

FOOTBALL: Manchester City has been fined $57,000 by the English Football Association after admitting to breaching rules on anti-doping, the governing body has confirmed.

Following an independent hearing, the club was found to have failed to ensure its "club whereabouts" information was accurate.

The FA also issued the club with a warning regarding their future conduct.

In accordance to the FA's regulations, clubs are required to provide accurate details of player whereabouts so that they are available for drug testing at all times.

Such details should include the times of training sessions, home addresses of players or other addresses where the team may stay overnight.

City was charged after failing to comply with this requirement three times in the space of 12 months. No details of the specific incidents have been given but it is understood the issue related to the club in general rather than particular individuals.

City indicated last month it would not contest the charge.

The matter concerned the FA's regulations and not the World Anti-Doping Agency or UK Anti-Doping, which do not deal with team violations.

Pep Guardiola's men will be hoping to put the controversy behind them when they travel to Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round (1am tomorrow, AEST).

In other FA Cup matches tonight, Burnley hosts Lincoln City, Oxford United visits Middlesbrough, Millwall is at home to Leicester City and Premier League leader Chelsea travels to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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