Press releases 22nd December 2020

Two players test positive for banned substances

• Camara and Koita positive in UEFA testing after return from Mali

Two of our players have tested positive for banned substances in a UEFA doping test. Mohamed Camara and Sekou Koita had been away for around ten days on international duty for Mali for two internationals against Namibia, before they recorded a positive test on 22 November 2020 – a few days after their return to Salzburg – as part of a UEFA test of ten of our players.

Substance taken to prevent altitude sickness

Camara and Koita both had traces of a substance that is a key ingredient in a drug taken to combat altitude sickness. They both state this was administered to them by the medical staff of the Mali national team before their away match in Namibia. The Mali national side flew for the African Nations Cup qualifier from Bamako in Mali (350 metres altitude) to Windhoek at 1700 metres altitude.

Urgent clarification required

“We are very proud when our players are called up to their national teams. For a full international match, you have to expect though that medical work will conform to international standards, with doctors who are familiar with the rules,” says general manager Stephan Reiter. FC Red Bull Salzburg will therefore do everything – in cooperation with UEFA and the relevant authorities – to obtain a full explanation of events in Mali.

Full support

Mohamed Camara and Sekou Koita will train with the squad in the spring and will be given the full support of FC Red Bull Salzburg to resolve their case.

• This media release was published by Red Bull Salzburg on 22 December 2020. Click here for the original.

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