The head of the investigating chamber Committee of the International football Federation (FIFA) on ethics Maria Claudia Rojas was accused of refusal to hold an independent anti-doping investigation before the 2018 world Cup in Russia. It was reported by Der Spiegel.
According to the publication, in August 2017 canadian lawyer and expert on doping Richard McLaren was supposed to fly to Switzerland to meet with Rojas and to submit a report on Russian football. He wanted to show suspicious material about the Russian football, in particular about Vitaly Mutko, the canadian was called leader of the doping system.
However, Roxas at the last moment refused to meet with the expert. The article notes that FIFA did not want to jeopardize the holding of the 2018 world Cup. “Now I know why I so long did not communicate. Something happened behind the scenes, what I didn’t know,” said McLaren.
In the summer of 2018 in Russia hosted the world Cup. The Russian team for the first time in history reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in the penalty shootout lost to Croatia.
In may of the same year FIFA has justified accused of doping players from the extended team Russia at the 2018 world Cup. Federation did not find evidence of anti-doping rule violation and closed the case based on the findings of the head of the independent Commission WADA under the leadership of the McLaren.
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