DFB investigates against Hoffenheim players suspected of anti-doping violations

German Football
By German Football February 23, 2009 05:28

DFB investigates against Hoffenheim players suspected of anti-doping violations

The Supervisory Committee of the Deutsche Fußball-Bund (DFB) has opened an investigation against two 1899 Hoffenheim players following a petition by the DFB Anti-Doping Agency. Andreas Ibertsberger and Christoph Janker had failed to comply with standard operating proceedures at an unannounced doping test. The incident occured following the Bundesliga game between 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Mönchengladbach on February 7, 2009. The game had ended in a 1:1 tie.

After having been drawn by lot, both players violated regulations stipulated in § 7,1 of the DFB Anti-Doping guidelines, by not immediately proceeding to the location of the doping test following the game’s final whistle. Instead, Ibertsberger and Janker participated in a team meeting and showed up for the monitoring with a ten-minute delay. The DFB supervisory committee will now have to determine whether to instigate a legal process against the two players. Both players are under the suspicion to have violated $ 9,1 of the DFB Anti-Doping guidelines in concurrence with §8,3a of the DFB Legal Code of Procedure and Article 2.3 of the WADA-Code.

1899 Hoffenheim had received written confirmation of the investigation on February 20. Both players had tested negative in Mönchengladbach.

Borussia Mönchengladbach had been notified on February 20 as well. So far, Borussia have not pleaded against the outcome of the game (time: Saturday, February 20th, 1.30pm) . Such a formal objection is possible according to § 17,5 of the DFB Legal Code of Procedure, whenever a player guilty of doping participates in a game or if a player has willingly refused to undergo a doping test.

DFB Vice-President Dr. Rainer Koch, who heads the DFB Anti-Doping commission as well, said on Saturday: “The case shows similiarities to the proceedure against the two Italian players Daniele Mannini and Davide Possanzini, who were sentenced to a one-year suspension by the International Sports Court CAS on January 29, 2009. THE DFB Supervisory Committee is now the first in line to determine, whether such a verdict could be applicable for the two Hoffenheim players.”

German Football
By German Football February 23, 2009 05:28
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