Press releases 23rd October 2017

Footballer Banned for Four Years

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) today confirmed that footballer Darren McCormack has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Mr McCormack, who was registered to Scottish Championship club Brechin City FC, tested positive for metabolites of metandienone, namely epimetendiol, epitmetandienone and hydroxymetandienone, following an in-competition test on 8 April 2017. Mr McCormack was charged with an ADRV pursuant to Article 2.1 of the Anti-Doping Rules – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample.”

UKAD Chief Executive Nicole Sapstead said: “Testing positive for Prohibited Substances goes against the spirit of sport and is a serious breach of anti-doping rules. UKAD will always seek to impose the maximum possible sanction on any individual that cheats the system. I hope that this case acts as a deterrent to others who are considering the use of performance-enhancing substances.”

The player is banned from all sport from 8 April 2017 until midnight on 7 April 2021. The full written decision can be found under current rule violations.

• This media release was originally published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 23 October 2017. To access the original, please click here.

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