From Pound’s point of view, the independent probe “would certainly be a way to provide the process with credibility and avoid any conflict of interest.”
Last month, head of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) commission Richard McLaren said there could be a separate system for covering positive doping tests of Russian football players. On June 24, the Daily Mail newspaper said the FIFA was probing into doping allegations against all Russian national team members.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Russian Football Union President Vitaly Mutko denied the allegations saying that any speculations about doping abuse by the Russian national football team players were nonsensical.
On July 1, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that all Russian players had been tested outside Russia by WADA-accredited laboratories and all their tests had given negative results.