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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50246397
  • Date: 3 December 2009
  • Public Authority: UK Sports Council
  • Summary: The complainant requested information about the incidents listed on the public authority’s website in which individuals subject to the Football Association’s rules were found to have taken drugs in out-of-competition testing. He requested the name of the club the player was registered to, and the name of the club he was playing for at the time, if he was out on loan. The public authority refused to disclose information, citing the exemption at section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act): that the name of the player’s club could lead to his subsequent identification and this therefore constituted his personal data; and also the exemption provided by section 41 of the Act: that the information had been provided to the public authority in confidence. The Commissioner finds that the information constitutes sensitive personal data of the player and therefore should not be disclosed. It has therefore not been necessary to consider the exemption provided by section 41 of the Act.
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