CSKA Moscow midfielder and Finland international Roman Eremenko has been banned by UEFA for two years after testing positive for cocaine.
The 29-year-old Eremenko was tested after his side’s 2-2 Champions League group stage match to Bayer Leverkusen on September 14 where he scored the club’s equaliser. The ban will be backdated from October 6 this year and will run till October 6, 2018.
A statement from UEFA read: “The Finnish player has been suspended for two years from all competitions, following the positive result of a doping control test in competition undergone by the player after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and PFC CSKA Moskva played on 14 September 2016 in Germany,”
“The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites. A stimulant that is classified under the category of prohibited substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under class S6 – being prohibited in-competition. The player was found guilty of being in breach of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, Edition 2016. As a result, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-year ban on Roman Eremenko, starting from 6 October 2016 date of the provisional suspension.”
Eremenko was born in Moscow but grew up in Finland and has represented the country 73 times, including in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. He won the Russian league title with CSKA Moscow last season and the Ukrainian title with Dynamo Kiev in 2009.