Robert Snodgrass to fight FA charge of abusing anti-doping officials

By Frank KeoghBBC Sport
Robert Snodgrass, close up clapping to the crowd
Snodgrass, 31, joined West Ham in 2017 and has made 48 appearances for the Hammers

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass is to fight a charge of abusing anti-doping officials and has requested a personal hearing.

The 31-year-old Scotland international, who faces a one-match ban and £8,000 fine if found guilty, denies any wrongdoing.

BBC Sport understands Snodgrass was not scheduled to be tested, nor did he refuse to take a test.

The alleged incident took place at the Hammers' training ground on 6 February.

When announcing the charge earlier this month, the Football Association said: "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 6 February 2019 to conduct out-of-competition testing."

Snodgrass has played 34 times for West Ham this season, scoring four goals in all competitions.

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