FA gives details on Mendez-Laing ban due to the use of drugs

Fri 12 February 2021 | 18:03

3 months after the Middlesbrough winger had used cocaine and recieved a 3-month ban, FA gives the details of the ban.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

has served a three-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

As a rule of the


(World Anti-Doping Agency), a player that consumes drugs will receive a 3-month ban, which has just been reduced from a 2-to-4-year ban.


has just confirmed the ban and published the details of this action:

"The Middlesbrough FC player provided an in-competition urine sample to the FA via UK Anti-Doping officials on 04 July 2020 while playing for Cardiff City FC and it was found to contain metabolites of cocaine once subsequently analyzed.

"Nathaniel Mendez-Laing admitted the charge but was able to explain that the substance had been ingested out-of-competition in a context that was unrelated to sporting performance."

Mendez-Laing appreciated the support received from his family and friends and said:

"With the help of my family, close friends, my agent, and the PFA during this extremely difficult time, I have been able to overcome my personal hurdles, to focus, and invest my time in working hard, determined to return to football.

"I appreciate all the support I have been given throughout. I now want to leave that period of my life in the past where it belongs. I'm excited about the future and delighted to be back doing what I love."




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