BREAKING: Uefa investigates Fred selection amid doping claims

Uefa’s disciplinary body is investigating Shakhtar Donetsk’s decision to play Fred in their 0-0 draw against Fenerbahce on Tuesday amid allegations the player failed a doping test.

Reports in Brazil have claimed the midfielder tested positive for banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide during June’s Copa America and is facing the possibility of a lengthy ban if a second sample confirms the breach.

Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu defended the Ukrainian club’s decision to name Fred in their Champions League qualifying round first leg XI, stating that the request from Uefa had been informal rather than official.

[Brazil’s CBF confirms Fred failed a doping test]

 “It is very difficult to talk about it. Before the game, Uefa recommended that he shouldn’t take part in the match,” Lucescu told reporters.

“But there was no official document, and this recommendation was informal. The results of the second test have not yet been announced. I talked to the team and personally to the player.”

However, Fenerbahce confirmed on their official website that they have launched a protest to Uefa, whose control, ethics and disciplinary body is to decide on the matter ahead of the second leg in Ukraine on August 5.