The investigations into Russia's doping allegations seems to be taking a different direction after FIFA declared its probe to Russian football players.
FIFA claims that Russian players were involved a state-sponsored doping programme in Russia, and iy will carry on with this investigation.A report by McLaren shows that, at least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples involving more than 1,000 athletes between 2011 and 2015.Though reports implicates Russia's 2014 FIFA world cup squared involved, the football federation has added that no players from the competition returned a positive test.
"Fifa has simply confirmed that, in close collaboration with Wada [World Anti-Doping Agency], it is still investigating the allegations involving football players in the so-called McLaren report," read a statement from world football's governing body."However, Fifa did not refer to any particular players, since it cannot comment on the status of ongoing investigations."The second of two McLaren reports, led by Canadian law professor and sports lawyer Dr Richard McLaren, was published in December 2016.It alleged that Russian authorities assisted athletes taking banned drugs by swapping their positive samples for clean ones.