The UK Anti-Doping Agency have revealed the total expenditure of a recent court case against former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and his cousin Hughie.
UKAD had hoped to ban the pair for the full four-year term until a compromise was reached last month which saw the ban backdated to two.
Both fighters are now free to resume their careers without further repercussions, although UKAD have been left counting the cost.
A statement sent to WBN and released wider on Thursday said: In response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request regarding the costs to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) of the case against Mr. Tyson Fury and Mr. Hughie Fury, UKAD Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead said:
“The money spent by UK Anti-Doping in the Fury case shows that if we determine there is evidence of doping, we will pursue a case against an athlete, coach or doctor, regardless of their public profile or status.
“In this case, two Anti-Doping Rule Violations were upheld and two-year bans given to each athlete.
“As an arm’s length body of government, we are always careful about how we spend public money, and the consistent support of the UKAD Board and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, ensures our legal decisions are made for the right reasons and not financial ones.”
The total in pounds amounts to almost £600,000 as shown above, although £250,000 of that is in the process of being claimed back through insurance.
Tyson is hoping to be back in action by May, whilst Hughie has yet to announce his plans following a world title loss to Joseph Parker in September.