Drugs cheats in English football, says Sky pun­dit

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN


star turned pre­sen­ter Chris Ka­mara reck­ons a num­ber of top foot­ballers are tak­ing banned DRUGS.

The Goals On Sun­day host spoke out af­ter Amer­i­can cy­clist Lance Arm­strong was stripped of all his win­ning ti­tles af­ter for­mer team-mates ad­mit­ted they’d doped up with him.

Kammy, 54, who used to play for Portsmouth and Leeds, said: “The only drug I ever took be­fore a game was an as­pirin.

“I think 95% of the play­ers I played with were ab­so­lutely clean.”


He added: “I find it amaz­ing that, if cy­clist Lance Arm­strong is guilty, it’s taken to long to find out.

“It seems like a con­spir­acy in­volv­ing all his team-mates – who should have come clean – which should have been ex­posed years ago.

“I think it’s a great shame, at a time when British cy­clists are the

AT 1988 Seoul Olympics, sprinter John­son stunned the planet with an in­cred­i­ble world record 9.79 sec­onds win in the 100m fi­nal. It was stripped from him three days later when he tested pos­i­tive for per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs. best in the world, that ev­ery­one will think all cy­clists are doped, and that just isn’t the case.”

Kammy spoke out a fort­night af­ter the US Anti-Dop­ing Agency re­leased a mas­sive re­port de­tail­ing al­le­ga­tions of wide­spread dop­ing by Arm­strong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven con­sec­u­tive times from 1999 to 2005.

The doc­u­ment’s pur­pose was to show why USADA has banned him from cy­cling for life and or­dered 14 years of his ca­reer re­sults erased – in­clud­ing those Tour ti­tles.

The dossier con­tains sworn state­ments from 26 wit­nesses, in­clud­ing 11 for­mer team­mates.

Arm­strong, 41, who over­came life-threat­en­ing tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, re­tired from cy­cling a year ago.

He an­nounced in Au­gust that he would no longer fight the dop­ing al­le­ga­tions that have dogged him for years. ri­val Lewis, who had come in sec­ond.

In 2003, it was re­vealed Lewis him­self had taken per­for­mance en­hanc­ing drugs and was banned from the Olympics, only for that de­ci­sion to be over­turned when he said he’d taken them by ac­ci­dent. BRIT sprinter Christie was in the same race. He’d come in third but af­ter John­son was kicked out, Christie was pro­moted and took home sil­ver.

It later emerged he too had tested pos­i­tive for banned boost­ing sub­stances, but es­caped sanc­tion by an Olympic dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee in a 11/10 vote. AUSSIE keeper Bos­nich played for Manch­ester United, Chelsea, As­ton Villa. His football ca­reer reached rock-bot­tom in 2002 when he failed a drugs test and was sacked by Chelsea and banned from football for nine months.


the CARL LEWIS JOHN­SON’S gold was handed to USA

TESTED: John­son, Christie and Bos­nich

PUN­DIT: Chris Ka­mara

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