DROGHEDA UNITED defender Shane Grimes is determined to clear his name after admitting that he unintentionally took a substance which caused him to fail a dope test.
The FAI revealed earlier this week that a player had been found guilty of a doping offence, the result of a test after the Drogheda-Bohemians game in May.
And now the players' union, the PFAI, have come out on behalf of the player in question, who is "distraught" to be caught up the controversy.
"On Tuesday 26 June, the PFAI were contacted by Shane Grimes of Drogheda United Football Club," the PFAI said in a statement yesterday.
"He met with the Stephen McGuinness, General Secretary, and Stuart Gilhooly for the first time this morning, 28 June, and explained the circumstances surrounding an allegation of doping in a recent match against Bohemians.
"As the matter has yet to be determined by the Irish Sports Council, there is little that can be said at this juncture but Shane wishes to clarify his position as much as possible.
"He took an energy supplement known as Jack3d which unknown to him contained a banned stimulant called methylhexaneamine otherwise known as MHA.
"He believed he was consuming an energy drink and is both shocked and dismayed to find that it contains a banned substance.
"He has today written to the Irish Sports Council admitting the offence but will be relying on the provisions of Article 10.3.1 of the Irish Doping rules which allows a player to adduce evidence that he did not intend to enhance sporting performance.
"Shane is a player with a flawless record and is distraught to find himself in this position. It is not appropriate to make any further comment at this point," added the statement.