20:59 04 April 2016
Dr Mark Bonar, the doctor at the centre of the football doping scandal, is not licenced to practice in the UK, it has emerged. His contact at the Omniya Clinic where he rented consulting room to treat his patient has been terminated.
Based on an undercover investigation conducted by The Sunday Times, it has emerged that Dr Bonar charged stars thousands of pounds for performance enhancing drug programmes. He allegedly prescribed banned drugs including erythropoietin, human growth hormone, and steroids to 150 sportsmen including Premier League footballers.
The General Medical Council (GMC) said that Dr Bonar is facing disciplinary hearings for a separate allegation of providing a patient with inadequate care.
Dr Bonar was caught on tape while allegedly making a series of disclosures in meetings with undercover reporters from the Sunday newspaper. In the secretly filmed meetings, the 38-year-old doctor claimed that his networks of “clients” included a cricketer, cyclists and tennis players as well as dozens of Premier League footballers. This prompted Culture Secretary John Whittingdale to call for an urgent inquiry into the sports doping claims.
Dr Bonar also claimed that he had treated Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City players – a claim that the clubs have strongly denied.