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MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. A Disciplinary body of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has turned down an appeal by CSKA Moscow midfielder and Finland national Roman Eremenko against his two-year suspension for the use of performance enhancing drugs, namely cocaine, Yuri Zaitsev, a sports law professor representing Eremenko’s interests, told TASS on Monday.
The UEFA disciplinary body had a meeting in Switzerland’s Nyon on March 2.
In mid-November, UEFA handed down a two-year suspension on Eremenko beginning from October 6 and until October 5, 2018 over the use of cocaine.
Eremenko is 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.
The analysis of the player’s 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.
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.