Tyson Fury and Team Fury are suing UK Anti-Doping over allegations he and Hughie Fury used a performance-enhancing drug. The allegations came to life on the 26th of June from the Sunday mirror newspaper stating that a urine sample taken in February 2015 contained traces of nandrolone. The test was regarding Tyson’s fight with Christian Hammer.
The case is being brought by Team Fury, which refutes charges brought by UK Anti-Doping Ltd on 24 June claiming that the boxers’ urine samples had tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid and banned substance by WADA.
While one sample from each boxer showed positive traces of Nandrolone, another did not. A blood sample taken from Tyson at the same time was also negative. Further tests on the boxers returned negative verdicts. The boxers are claiming damages from the anti-doping watchdog for allegedly breaching its promise not to charge them with offences. The High Court claim states the boxers ‘suffered loss and damage and have a well-founded apprehension that, unless the defendants are restrained, they will suffer future loss and damage’.
Lewis Power QC from 7BR working alongside Clive Wolman from Thomas More Chambers in representing the Fury’s said in a statement ‘The two boxers strenuously deny taking any performance-enhancing drugs. However, during the last five weeks, leaks about these charges have appeared in the press and both boxers have been the targets of continual abusive language on Twitter.’
The Fury’s legal team are expecting the courts to adjudicate ion the following matters:
Whether UKAD told Team Fury in September last year that no charges would be brought against the boxers.
That the contamination of a dietary supplement was the most likely explanation of the adverse test results.
Further matters include:
Reasons for UKAD’s delay in bringing charges.
The consequences of that delay.
Whether the High Court and/or the National Anti-Doping Panel has jurisdiction over the matter