Karpin 'unaware' of alleged doping at Real Sociedad

The 44-year-old has denied using banned substances during his time with Sociedad and has refuted the sensational claims made by a former president at the Basque club
Former Real Sociedad midfielder Valeri Karpin says he was "unaware" of doping at the club despite claims by former president Inaki Badiola.

Badiola, whose reign lasted from January 2008 to the following December, claimed on Monday that his former club had been purchasing illegal substances for a six-year period from 2001 until 2007.

However, former Sociedad player Karpin, who was at the Basque outfit between 2002 and 2005, has refuted the claims.

“I cannot answer anything on that. I’m not aware of whether the team used doping or not,” commented the current Spartak Moscow coach.

“Do I believe the club doctors supplied banned substances to the players? No.”