10 Dec 2017 21:18

Dvorkovich links reports on repeat doping testing scheduled for Russian footballers to 'political problems'

MOSCOW. Dec 10 (Interfax) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has spoken about another attempt at pressure in connection with the reports about the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) plans to perform repeat doping tests on Russian footballers.

"I believe that it is another fault-finding against us. Doping exists in the sports all across the world, but the attention is drawn to us, it is apparently linked not to this, but to political problems," Dvorkovich told reporters on Sunday.

British media have earlier reported that doping samples taken from some Russian football players suspected of doping breaches could be additionally retested by FIFA at the beginning of 2018.