According to the Russian Football Union, in 2013 FIFA initiated disciplinary proceedings against three Russian football players suspected of violating anti-doping rules.

The union said in a statement on March 15 that it had received information from the Russian Football Association about the opening of disciplinary proceedings against two male and one female players, according to Russian news outlets.

The statement did not identify the players but said they had not played for Russia’s senior teams.

Russian sport has been followed by doping allegations in recent years.

In 2015, a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) presented indications of systematic, state-supported doping in the country. Russian officials have denied that.

Another report documented more than 1,000 doping cases in dozen of sports, notably at the Winter Olympics that Russia hosted in Sochi in 2014.

Russia has been banned from participating in major sporting events as a nation for two years, including this year’s Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in order to submit data to WADA for the purpose of identifying drug scammers.

However, Russian athletes can compete under a neutral flag if they can demonstrate that they are not doping-related.

Based on reports from Reuters, TASS and Interfax