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Lawyer for Russian whistleblower insists FIFA probe is ‘meaningless’

Lawyer for Russian whistleblower insists FIFA probe is ‘meaningless’

  • Grigory Rodchenkov’s lawyer has branded FIFA’s doping probe ‘meaningless’
  • FIFA announced last week they had found insufficient evidence to bring anti-doping charges against Russian footballers named in the host nation’s squad
  • Jim Walden said they are trying ‘to sweep Russia’s doping fraud under the carpet’

FIFA’s investigation into doping in Russian football has effectively been branded ‘meaningless’ by the lawyer for whistleblower lab boss Grigory Rodchenkov, who has insisted football was among more than 30 sports tainted by the plot.

Attorney Jim Walden has told The Mail on Sunday that ‘clean athletes will only be protected’ if the US Congress passes a statute to allow America to criminalise and prosecute overseas doping.

Grigory Rodchenkov’s – the whistleblower lab boss – lawyer has branded FIFA’s investigation into doping in Russian football ‘meaningless’

In the run-up to the World Cup, FIFA announced last week that they had found ‘insufficient’ evidence to bring anti-doping charges against footballers named in the host nation’s squad.

Walden told the MoS: ‘I have come to expect that many international sports organisations, for various reasons, are declining to conduct meaningful investigations and desirous of sweeping Russia’s doping fraud under the carpet.

‘This situation will improve, and clean athletes will only be protected, if Congress passes a criminal statute to prosecute doping fraud at international competitions.’

Attorney Jim Walden (R) told The Mail on Sunday: 'Clean athletes will only be protected' if the US Congress passes a statute to allow America to criminalise and prosecute overseas doping.'

Attorney Jim Walden (R) told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Clean athletes will only be protected’ if the US Congress passes a statute to allow America to criminalise and prosecute overseas doping.’

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