Two A-League players named on leaked list of 2010 World Cup TUEs

Melbourne Victory star Kosta Barbarouses and Adelaide United's new Algerian recruit Karim Matmour have been named by hackers Fancy Bears on the list of footballers cleared to use banned medicines at the 2010 World Cup.

Kosta Barbarouses

Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses Source: Icon Sportswire

New Zealand's Barbarouses was among the 25 players given Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) during the tournament in South Africa, along with former All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen and fellow All White Tim Brown.

Algerian midfielder Matour, who signed with the Reds last week on a one-year deal, appears on the list having declared the use of fomoterol, albutamol and budesonide.

Barbarouses, who returned to Victory in June after being released by Wellington Phoenix, had a declaration of use for triamcinolone.

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There is no suggestion in the leaked document that any of the players named had done anything wrong or breached anti-doping regulations.



The hacker group on Tuesday leaked a document which also listed Argentina's Carlos Tevez, Diego Milito, Juan Sebastian Veron and Gabriel Heinze among the 25 footballers who were granted TUEs during the 2010 showpiece in South Africa.

Netherlands forward Dirk Kuyt and Germany striker Mario Gomez were also named on the list, which detailed substances that certain players were granted permission to use due to health concerns.

Football's world governing body FIFA condemned the hacker group, who claimed the document they leaked was from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) detailing examinations carried out across world football.



"FIFA condemns in the strongest terms the publication by the Fancy Bears group of information obtained illegally, particularly personal and medical data from athletes," a FIFA statement read.

"The release of such information constitutes a clear violation of the athletes privacy and puts at risk the ongoing fight against doping.

"All potential violations of the anti-doping regulations are handled by FIFA in accordance with WADA regulations. We have no further comment at this stage."

The list was published as part of a release that included claims that 160 unnamed footballers failed doping tests in 2015.


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Published 23 August 2017 at 3:11pm
Source: SBS The World Game