Russia team doctor angrily hits back at doping suggestions following after fine start to World Cup 2018

Russia team doctor angrily hits back at doping suggestions following after fine start to World Cup 2018

Russia’s team doctor has hit back at calls for the World Cup hosts to be tested for doping.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side went into the tournament on the back of a dismal run of form but have been in excellent form, winning their opening two games.

A crushing 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia was followed up with another win over Egypt, with the hosts already in the last 16. An anti-doping official suggested Russia could well be violating rules again after 33 footballers were among over 1,000 athletes exposed during a doping scandal in 2016.

FIFA have refused to release information about testing at the tournament and Eduard Bezuglov has now slammed the allegations.

“I’m ready to bet on a bottle of milk that the English have not given samples as often.

“So people should focus on themselves and have nothing to fear.”

Russia continue their Group A campaign against Uruguay, who have also won their opening two matches, on Monday.

“It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt,” Cherchesov said.

“We have learned from our mistakes that did not allow us to be more successful in the past and we are very happy that we have two wins and very happy that we are giving this joy to our supporters.

“My squad pleased me very well in terms of discipline and this was a high-energy performance, but there were also some technical problems.”

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