20th June 2018

UEFA rejects KF Skënderbeu player’s appeal against doping ban

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Appeals Body has rejected an appeal from KF Skënderbeu player Bajram Jashanica against a two year doping ban issued by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Board (CEDB) on 22 February. ‘The KS Skenderbëu player Bajram Jashanica has been punished for using a prohibited substance in accordance with WADA Prohibited List at category S.9, Glucocorticosteroids’, read a UEFA statement. ‘In this context, the Appeals Body has decided to confirm the two (2) years suspension imposed’.

The Albanian club has vowed to support Jashanica in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). ‘Despite arguments and evidence given at the hearings by the player and other people connected to the case, the legal body decided not to accept the request submitted by Bajram Jashanica to reduce the sanction’, read a statement. ‘The parties are awaiting the full decision of the UEFA Appeals Body, which will be appealed to the CAS. KF Skënderbeu has offered all possible support to the player during this difficult period, and believes that the disciplinary action is disproportionate to the circumstances of the case, and the degree of responsibility of Bajram Jashanica.’

According to local news reports, Jashanica was prescribed a drug containing glucocorticoids after an acute allergic response threatened his participation in a match against BSC Young Boys in the Europa League last year. It is understood that Jashanica’s ban will expire in February 2020, unless he is successful in appealing his sanction at the CAS.

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