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Real Madrid Say Sergio Ramos Didn’t Breach Anti-Doping Rules

Tanuja Saikhom | 2 months ago

In response to allegations made by Der Spiegel, Real Madrid denied that their captain Sergio Ramos failed a doping test. A report by Football Leaks, published on Friday, alleges that a urine sample given by the Spanish defender prior to the 2017 Champions League final against Juventus tested positive for a banned substance dexamethasone, but Real covered it up.

Denying the allegation of the documents, Real quickly responded to allegations made about the 32-year-old by Der Spiegel. Citing that the captain has never breached the anti-doping control regulations, the club said, “UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.”

According to Der Spiegel, Ramos had taken a different anti-inflammatory ahead of the final. The document claimed that a Real Madrid doctor, in a letter to UEFA, said he had accidentally written the name of a different drug on the doping report after the match at the time of testing.

It said testers were informed after Ramos had injections of betamethasone, which is also banned by World Anti-Doping Authority (Wada).

Both betamethasone and dexamethasone are similar anti-inflammatories, and they are permitted if they are declared at the testing stage.

However, the Spanish club in its statement said, “UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.”

Ramos played the full 90 minutes in the 4-1 win against Juventus. He joined Real in the summer of 2015 and has 403 caps for the club. He also played every minute of 2010 World Cup, helping his team to lift the title.