Fenerbache launch complaint over Fred selection

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Fenerbahce have lodged a complaint to UEFA following their third qualifying round game with Shakhtar Donetsk who they believe broke rules when fielding a player who is facing a doping ban. 

Brazilian midfielder Fred is reportedly under investigation following his actions in the Copa America with the 22-year-old potentially facing a lengthy ban due to the allegations.

UEFA had warned Shakhtar about playing the midfielder prior to the qualifier which ended in a goalless draw in Turkey, however, as expected, Fenerbahce are unhappy about the Ukrainian champions playing a someone who could potentially be found guilty of using illegal substances.


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The player turned out twice for Brazil in Chile where the Copa America hosts ended up winning the tournament. However, after playing the first two games for Brazil, Fred was dropped for the final group fixture against Venezuala before his side were beaten in the quarter finals against eventual Chile.

The report was publicised by UEFA and made aware to Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu who admitted that he ignored the advice from the governing body to drop the player. The club now faces legal action from Fenerbahce after the two sides failed to score in the opening leg of their qualifying.

Fred tested positive showing traces of diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which can be used to mask other illegal agents and is prohibited itself, with second samples being released next week confirming if indeed the test was positive.

UEFA are said to be investigating the matter and will be reviewing the case before the two sides meet again on Wednesday with the winner progressing to the next round of qualifying for the Champions League.

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