Russian hackers move on to football with release of data

Ryan Nelsen has been included in a Fancy Bears list of 25 players who received TUEs to use banned medicines at the 2010

Russian hackers move on to football with release of data

The Football Association was on Tuesday night seeking to ascertain the scale of the first Fancy Bears hack of anti-doping records within the game. Their hack of the IAAF's computer system showed Sir Mo Farah was once under suspicion for doping offences.

Ex-Premier League stars Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze have been named by hackers Fancy Bears as three footballers allowed to use banned medicines during the 2010 World Cup.

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Files from the World Anti-Doping Agency were made available to download online today, with the group pledging to "dispel the myth about doping free football". The next year this number increased up to 200 athletes.

Fancy Bears also claim that 160 players failed drugs tests in 2015, and four of those failures were registered by UK Anti-Doping.

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While there's no indication that any of the players had broken any doping rules, the Fancy Bears hack team said in a statement that it's clear football is not a doping-free sport. "Our team perceived these numerous claims as a challenge and now we will prove they are lying", the hackers added. The "Lab Result Report Samples" are all anonymous.

A Therapeutic Use Exemption permits athletes to take certain substances that are normally banned by the sport's governing body; and the World anti-doping agency as well as the United Kingdom anti-doping agency maintain that stiff laws are in place to prevent any abuse of the system.

Argentina have the most players on that list with four members of their squad allegedly using medication during the finals.

Germany, who finished third in South Africa, have three players named, including former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gómez, who is now on the books of Wolfsburg.

Other notable players included in the list are former Italy duo Mauro Camoranesi, who received a TUE for triamcinolone, and Vincenzo Iaquinta, who also received a betamethasone DoU.

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