World Cup 2018: FIFA reportedly knew 18 months ago about Russia's cover-up of player's positive steroid test

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Ruslan Kambolov was removed from Russia's World Cup squad in May because of an injury.

World Cup 2018: FIFA reportedly knew 18 months ago about Russia's cover-up of player's positive steroid test

Ruslan Kambolov was removed from Russia's World Cup squad in May because of an injury.

FIFA reportedly has known about Russia's cover-up of soccer player Ruslan Kambolov's positive steroid test for 18 months, but was expected to clear him to play in the World Cup before he was removed from the team due to an injury.

According to the Daily Mail, FIFA knew of at least 34 alleged Russian doping cases which the organization has done nothing about in those 18 months. Twenty three of those cases reportedly involved the World Cup squad which is now 2-0 in group play, the country's best start in tournament history.

In Kambolov's case, the Mail claims to have email evidence showing Kambolov's "test failure was covered up, then made to ‘disappear’ on the orders of Russia’s sports ministry."

FIFA then found out about the test and subsequent cover-up when World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appointed investigators informed the organization of the test.

Russia has had to deal with serious anti-doping violations in recent years which resulted in the nation being unable to be fully represented at the Winter Olympics earlier this year. Russian athletes were unable to compete in their nation's colors, and when they won medals, their national anthem did not play.

FIFA did not respond to the Mail about the report, saying they did not have "sufficient" evidence to act on in any of the cases.

For more information on the allegations, read the story here.


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