Sergio Ramos has been accused of failing a doping test (Soccrates/Getty Images)Sergio Ramos failed a doping test after Real Madrid’s victory over Juventus in the Champions League final last year, according to documents obtained by Football Leaks and Der Spiegel.
The report from Der Spiegel alleges that the Real Madrid captain tested positive for Dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory drug which is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during competitions.
Dexamethasone is permitted for use before matches, as long as doping control are notified.
But Der Spiegel report that Ramos received two injections of dexamethasone in his knee and shoulder the day before the match against Juventus and Madrid’s team doctor did not declare to UEFA that the substance had been used.
Instead, it’s reported that Madrid’s team doctor declared that Ramos was innocent and that a ‘human error’ was to blame for the failure to notify UEFA that the defender had received dexamethasone.
Ramos played in the 4-1 victory over Juventus last year (Getty Images)Der Spiegel reported that UEFA accepted the explanation from Madrid’s team doctor and urged the club’s medical staff to make more of an effort to correctly declare the exact medication their players have received.
Ramos is also accused of obstructing a doping official after Real Madrid faced Malaga in April.
The 32-year-old old was warned by an official from the Spanish anti-doping agency that he was unable to take a shower after the game until he had provided a urine sample as players could potentially manipulate the results of the test.
But Ramos reportedly defied the instruction and showered before providing a urine and blood sample.
Ramos was found to have no banned substances in the samples he provided, but Madrid did not respond to the Spanish anti-doping agency when asked about the defender’s conduct after the game.
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