Chelsea Defender Thiago Silva was reportedly tested for doping after aiding Chelsea clinch a 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park in the opening round of games of the 2022-2023 English Premier League Season..
However, the former Paris Saint-Germain player had to undergo a doping test after the game and missed the team’s flight back to London.
Players competing in the English Premier League can be tested for doping “at any time and location, including after a game, at a training session or at home” and “players may be selected for blood testing across the season” per the Anti-Doping Rules of the Football Association (FA).
UEFA carries out similar tests; Kylian Mbappe and Marco Veratti of Paris Saint-Germain were tested in February, 2019 after a Champions League game against Manchester United at Old Trafford
PSG’ s flight back to Paris was delayed for an hour due to the tests carried out on the pair after PSG’s 2-0 win.
The test is conducted without prior notice or knowledge and refusal to get tested could result in a four year suspension
A Doping Control Officer (DCO) supervises the test that is conducted at a Doping Control Station (DCS).