Premier League Star Banned for Failing a Drugs Test

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As we come to the end of the football season, news broke this week that Spurs player Chioma Ubogagu has been hit with a nine-month doping ban after being charged by the FA with a doping violation.

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The banned substance was canrenone, metabolised from spironolactone, which Ubogagu was first prescribed by a personal doctor in the United States as a treatment for acne before she joined Spurs last summer. The issue was flagged in November when she then requested a repeat prescription from Spurs’ club doctor.

Ubogagu had continued to use the US-prescribed medication to treat her skin without knowing it was listed as a banned substance. The FA does, however, accept that 29-year-old did not deliberately use the medication to gain an unfair sporting advantage.

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