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FIFA extends sanctions for Russia’s football player Eremenko over cocaine use

December 16, 2016, 18:57 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, December 16. /TASS/. The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) announced its decision to extend sanctions in regard to Russian CSKA Moscow FC’s midfielder Roman Eremenko, who was earlier suspended over abuse of performance enhancing drugs, namely cocaine.

Last month, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) handed down a two-year suspension on Eremenko beginning from October 6 and until October 5, 2018 over the use of cocaine.

Following today’s decision of the world’s governing body of football, Eremenko is now ineligible to take part in any FIFA football tournament or any other event organized by a member of the football federation.

The 29-year-old footballer had his doping sample collected after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow on September 14, 2016 in Germany.

According to the official statement from UEFA last month, "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."

Eremenko has been playing for FC CSKA since 2014. He has played nine matches in the Russian Football Premier League this season, scoring three goals and making two assists.

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