Phil Jones’ expletive-laden rant at UEFA ‘f**ker’

Date published: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 11:50

Phil Jones branded a UEFA doping control officer a ‘f**ker’ for testing him after the Europa League final.

Jones and Manchester United teammate Daley Blind were both handed punishments in the aftermath of May’s Europa League final, which the Red Devils won against Ajax.

The defender was banned for two European games, while Blind was fined.

Jones was thought to be angered at having to miss the post-match celebrations, which included a squad photo of players holding a sign that read: ‘MANCHESTER – A CITY UNITED’

The game came just days after the Manchester terror attack, and Jones was irate at missing the tribute.

Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, wrote to UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin for clarification, and the Manchester Evening News claim to have seen a copy of the subsequent reply.

‘The first player from Manchester United, Phil Jones, came to the DCS (doping control station) and was very upset that he had to be in the DCS,’ UEFA’s head of president office, Luka Zajc, wrote.

‘He wanted to leave the DCS to celebrate with the team but I told him that he had to do the sampling first.

‘He then told me I was a f***** doing this and that I had a f****** job and how I could be so f****** stupid to consider having such a f****** job.

‘I told him that this was the UEFA regulations and that my job was to do the control. He still continued to tell me I had a f****** job and how I even could do that job.

‘I then asked him to calm down and stop insulting me and then he said he didn’t want to talk to me anymore.

‘I trust that you can understand that, even if a player is frustrated or upset, he has to respect the work of the competition officials who are carrying out doping tests,’ he added.

‘This is the least we can expect from any professional sportsman.

‘For your information, I can further advise that, on a strict application of the rules, the normal sanction imposed for insulting match officials would be a three-match suspension.

‘In the circumstances of this particular case, however, the disciplinary body decided to impose a reduced sanction, given the full background elements.’

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