Real Madrid deny report Sergio Ramos failed drug test in 2017

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid and Uefa last night issued angry denials at claims the governing body covered up a doping test failure by Sergio Ramos after the Champions League final in 2017.

The German publication made a series of claims, as part of the Football Leaks investigation, which suggested Spain global Ramos had broken anti-doping protocol on two occasions.

"It was a human error and therefore understandable, and my intention was never to violate anti-doping regulations", the doctor said.

"3. Regarding the rest of the content from the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence of its insubstantial nature".

Dexamethasone, which has the brand names DexPak and Decadron, is not a performance-enhancing drug but a type of steroid medication with anti-inflammatory effects that is usually used to aid an athlete's rehabilitation.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel claims the Spain global tested positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone, which is only banned if testers are not informed of its use.

Testers were told Ramos had injections of betamethasone in his left knee and left shoulder, which is also banned by Wada, rather than dexamethasone.

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The 32-year-old replied on July 10, informing the UEFA official that he had been treated by a Real Madrid team doctor the day before the final.

Uefa accepted an apology from Ramos.

What were the initial allegations against Sergio Ramos?

The mix-up is reported to have occurred after a Madrid doctor allegedly filled in a doping form incorrectly relating to a drug administered to Ramos before the game against Juve. Furthermore, players do not have a say in who accompanies them to the restroom for a urine sample or who draws their blood.

The report went on to claim, the doctor wrote down the wrong medication on the form attached to Ramos' sample, which he would put down to a mistake due to the euphoria of Real Madrid winning the Champions League as well as presence of the former King of Spain in the doping area to visit Ramos.

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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