The Humanplasma Lab in Vienna, Austria has been under investigation for allegations of performingfor athletes. No athletes were initially named until the German television station ARD linked as clients of Humanplasma Lab Tour de France riders Michael Rasmussen (Denmark), Michael Boogerd (Netherlands), and Denis Menchov (Russia) as well as several other cyclists, biathletes and cross-country skiers, two-thirds of which were German athletes.
The German Skiing Federation (DSV) subsequently decided to takeagainst the journalists employed by the German television station (ARD). Interestingly, ARD is one of the sponsors paying DSV seven million euros for annual television rights to World Cup events. So, it should come as no surprise that ARD promptly issued a public for unprofessional behavior and “journalistic errors” in making accusations of illegal blood doping without proof.
Furthermore, there have been suggestions that “” may have pressured Austrian officials investigating Humanplasma lab.