Monday 16 September 2019

Madrid and UEFA deny claims Ramos failed doping test

Sergio Ramos. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Sergio Ramos. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

Tom Cary

Real Madrid and Uefa last night issued angry denials at claims the governing body covered up a doping test failure by Sergio Ramos after the Champions League final in 2017.

In the latest in the Football Leaks series, 'Der Spiegel' and 'Politiken' reported suggestions Uefa had wrongly deemed a failed test as an "administrative mistake" after the team doctor did not disclose a pre-match injection of a banned substance.

However, Madrid said Ramos "has never breached anti-doping regulations", while Uefa says it "strongly and categorically refutes unfounded allegations'' that the governing body had covered up doping.

Ramos, it was claimed, tested positive for dexamethasone, a glucocorticoid drug that is only permitted if a medical doctor reports its administration.

Madrid denied any breach, saying in a statement: "Uefa requested specific information and immediately closed the case referred to, as is customary in such instances, following tests carried out by experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) and Uefa itself."

The Football Leaks series also reported that the club interfered with a random doping test of 10 players in February 2017, but Madrid added: "In terms of the rest of the content published by the aforementioned publication, the club will not be making any comment, given the clearly insubstantial nature of the reports."

Uefa, meanwhile, said: "All Uefa doping control cases are conducted in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

"Uefa has informed both Wada and Fifa of all such cases as required by the Wada Code and Uefa has provided all detailed information, expert reports and evidence during the handling of such cases."

Uefa said it "must be underlined" that both Wada and Fifa have the right to appeal any decision taken by Uefa on doping control matters to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

However, neither Wada nor FIFA lodged any such appeal to CAS. Wada itself has "officially confirmed that everything was dealt with appropriately by Uefa and in accordance with the Code", a spokesman for the governing body added.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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