Wednesday 22 January 2020

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle delivers self-effacing response to Premier League doping story

Kevin Doyle won't be going to France
Kevin Doyle won't be going to France

The terms of an independent inquiry into UK Anti-Doping's response to allegations that a doctor prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to 150 athletes is expected to be drawn up on Monday.

The Sunday Times says it secretly filmed Dr Mark Bonar claiming to have treated more than 150 sportsmen and women - including Premier League footballers, British Tour de France cyclists, tennis players and a British boxer - with banned substances including EPO, human growth hormone and steroids.

A Twitter account purporting to belong to Bonar on Sunday night, although not verified, described the Sunday Times allegations as "false and very misleading".

The newspaper claimed UKAD was given information about the doctor's alleged doping activities two years ago but failed to take action to stop him. He denies wrongdoing.

Ireland striker Kevin Doyle, who is out of action for a number of weeks after suffering a deep cut on his right leg in the 1-0 victory over Switzerland recently, played in the Premier League with Reading, Wolves, QPR and Crystal Palace but claims he was never offered PEDs.

He took to Twitter to give his take on the controversy and poked fun at himself at the same time.

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