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UEFA suspends FC CSKA Moskva player Eremenko for 2 years over using cocaine

November 18, 2016, 15:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The footballer had his doping sample taken after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer Leverkusen and FC CSKA Moskva in Germany

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MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has suspended FC CSKA Moskva midfielder Roman Eremenko for two years over the use of cocaine, the press office of Europe’s football governing body reported on Friday.

The footballer had his doping sample taken after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer Leverkusen and FC CSKA Moskva played on September 14, 2016 in Germany, the press office said.

"The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites, a stimulant that is classified under the category of prohibited substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under class S6, being prohibited in-competition," the UEFA said in a statement. 

FC CSKA Moskva intends to appeal against the decision:

"The club intends to appeal together with the player against this decision. Further comments will be given after the receipt of the reasoning," the press office said.

The player was found guilty of being in breach of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, Edition 2016, the statement said.

"As a result, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-year ban on Roman Eremenko, starting from 6 October 2016 date of the provisional suspension," according to the statement.

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