Foot­ball - Di­namo Za­greb player at CAS to fight 4-year ban for dop­ing

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Di­namo Za­greb mid­fielder Ari­jan Ademi has tes­ti­fied at the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport to fight his four-year ban for dop­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League. CAS says Ademi ap­peared in per­son to ap­peal against UEFA, which judged it a se­ri­ous first of­fense. A ver­dict is ex­pected within weeks. Ademi tested pos­i­tive for the an­abolic steroid stanozolol af­ter Di­namo’s 2-1 win over Arse­nal in Septem­ber 2015. In his UEFA ap­peal case, the 25-year-old Mace­do­nia mid­fielder blamed a con­tam­i­nated batch of a sup­ple­ment called Megamin. UEFA dis­missed the player’s ev­i­dence that food test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries in the Nether­lands and United States found steroid traces in sup­ple­ment tablets. UEFA called that ev­i­dence “ab­so­lutely in­valid” be­cause the labs re­ceived tablets “in un­sealed and even dam­aged con­tain­ers, which clearly sub­jected them to ex­ter­nal ma­nip­u­la­tion.”

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