UK: African star slapped with 2-year doping ban; contract terminated

By Agencies

Bambo Diaby has had his contract with Championship side Barnsley terminated after being handed a two-year doping ban by the Football Association.

Diaby failed a drugs test after a game against Blackburn Rovers in November last year when a post-match urine sample he provided showed traces of higenamine, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned substances list.

The 22-year-old defender, who has previously played in Italy, Spain and Belgium, was unable to establish how the substance entered his system, and was accordingly handed the lengthy ban by the FA.

“The FA Anti-Doping Regulation mandate a two-year ban where an individual is unable to show that they meet the strict requirements to sustain a plea of No-Fault or Negligence, or No Significant Fault or Negligence,” Barnsley said in an official statement.

“Despite making sincere efforts to identify the source of the prohibited substance, Bambo Diaby has been unable to do so. Because of this, a two-year mandatory ban has been imposed by World Anti-Doping Agency and The FA. Bambo Diaby was not found guilty of knowingly ingesting a banned substance.

“Both Bambo Diaby and Barnsley FC have been honest and compliant throughout the process. However, following the outcome, regretfully Bambo Diaby’s contract has been consensually terminated.”

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