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Tyson Fury to face drug charge but free to fight until hearing

By Robert Jones

Published 04/08/2016

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Tyson Fury

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been charged over the alleged presence of a banned substance and will face an anti-doping tribunal.

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) said last night that a suspension imposed on June 24 had been lifted, pending "full determination" of the case.

The independent National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) will handle the hearing, with a date not yet announced.

UKAD also said it suspended Hughie Fury, Tyson Fury's cousin, on the same grounds and that he too, having had the suspension provisionally lifted, would have his case heard by the NADP.

In a statement released on Tuesday, prior to their suspensions being revealed, the lawyer who represents both men said they "strenuously" denied committing doping offences, and it was announced they intended to sue UKAD.

UKAD said yesterday: "In response to public comments made by Tyson and Hughie Fury's representatives, UK Anti-Doping can confirm that both boxers were charged on June 24, 2016 with presence of a prohibited substance.

"NADP today lifted the athletes' suspensions, pending full determination of the charges."

Peter Fury, the father of Hughie Fury and uncle of Tyson Fury, is also the trainer of both fighters and welcomed the news they are now free to fight.

Peter Fury wrote on Twitter: "To all our fans. Ukad suspension Lifted & @Tyson_Fury @hughiefury can & will be fighting with full go ahead from tribunal. Truth!! Amen."

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