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Doping in sport claims: Fresh investigation launched

By Kate Ferguson

Published 04/04/2016

A minister has ordered an urgent investigation following claims a British doctor was secretly filmed telling how he prescribed performance-enhancing drugs to sports stars.

The doctor, named by the Sunday Times as Dr Mark Bonar, claimed he treated more than 150 sportspeople with banned substances including human growth hormone and steroids, according to the investigation by the newspaper.

He allegedly said he treated footballers at Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City along with British Tour de France cyclists, tennis players and a British boxer.

However, there is no independent evidence the sports stars received any banned treatments and the football clubs have denied the claims.

And London-based Dr Bonar (38) denied the allegations in a series of messages posted on what appears to be his Twitter account.

In one he wrote: "The @SundayTimesNews allegations are false and very misleading. I have never had a relationship with any premier football club or player."

He also denied prescribing hormone replacement therapy to sportsmen to enhance their performance.

John Whittingdale, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, said: "I have asked for there to be an urgent independent investigation into what action was taken when these allegations were first received and what more needs to be done to ensure that British sport remains clean."

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