FIFA respond to Russia doping claims

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Russia, ranked 70th in the world, qualified for the 2018 edition as hosts and as the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

After disastrous build-up towards the biggest spectacle in global football, many expected the home nation to crumble in Group A - and become the second nation after South Africa to fall at the Group stage as the home team.

However, The Golden Eagles have been one of the standout sides thus far, securing qualification to the knock-out stage after 5-0 and 3-1 victories over Saudi Arabia and Egypt respectively.

And since, allegations of 'doping cover-ups' have surfaced, but the Football Governing Body has quickly quashed the reports.

"Insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation by any footballer," read the statement made by FIFA.

"In the course of the investigations, FIFA looked at every possible evidence, leaving no stone unturned."

FIFA previously launched investigations into possible anti-doping violations by Russian football players after a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found that more than 1,000 Russian competitors across more than 30 sports were involved in an institutional conspiracy to conceal positive drug tests.

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