West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass denies FA charge of abusing an anti-doping official

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West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass denies FA charge of abusing an anti-doping official and wants personal hearing

  • West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass has denied abusing an anti-doping official
  • He reportedly said: ‘Haven’t you got anything better to do, you f***ing c***?’
  • Snodgrass wants hearing to explain that he was just joking with the official 
  • The 31-year-old faces a one-match ban and £8,000 fine if found guilty 

Robert Snodgrass is denying his FA charge and wants a personal hearing to explain he was just joking with the UK anti-doping official last month.

The 31-year-old Scotland international was accused of using ‘abusive’ or ‘insulting’ words when an official visited West Ham’s Rush Green training ground last month.

It has been reported he said: ‘Haven’t you got anything better to do, you f***ing c***?’

West Ham's Robert Snodgrass has denied his FA charge of abusing an anti-doping official

West Ham’s Robert Snodgrass has denied his FA charge of abusing an anti-doping official

Snodgrass was not selected for testing and did not refuse to be tested. 

The West Ham winger faces a one-match ban and £8,000 fine if found guilty but insists he was having fun with the official. He was said to be stunned when he learned of the charge.

Now, Snodgrass would like the opportunity to explain in person that he was simply exchanging banter and did not intend to cause offence.

Snodgrass wants a personal hearing to explain that he was just joking with the official

Snodgrass wants a personal hearing to explain that he was just joking with the official

The incident took place at the West Ham’s training ground on February 6. The FA said when they announced the charge: ‘Robert Snodgrass has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3(1).

‘It is alleged the player used abusive and/or insulting words towards UK anti-doping officials who were visiting West Ham United’s training ground on February 6 2019 to conduct out-of-competition testing.’

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