Footballer banned for four years

Football player Michael Phenix, then of Southport FC, has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr Phenix tested positive for the banned substance oxandrolone and its metabolite 17-epioxandrolone, following an out-of-competition test on 17 September 2018. The sample was also found to contain benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine which, while only banned in-competition, breaches the FA’s Social Drugs Policy.

Mr Phenix was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Regulation 3(a) of the FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a Player’s Sample”.

UKAD’s Chief Executive, Nicole Sapstead, said: “All athletes must be aware of the principle of strict liability – they are solely responsible for any substances found in their system.

“Ignorance is not an acceptable defence and equally, should an athlete be suffering with a medical condition, they should seek professional advice or speak to UKAD about the possibility of receiving a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of sample collection (17 September 2018) until midnight on 16 September 2022.

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