CSKA Moscow star Roman Eremenko faces 2-year ban following positive cocaine test

Eremenko was originally banned for 30 days in October, although no reason was given for the suspension at that time.

AFP| Updated: Nov 18, 2016, 19:33 PM IST
CSKA Moscow star Roman Eremenko faces 2-year ban following positive cocaine test

Helsinki: CSKA Moscow and Finland midfielder Roman Eremenko has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine, UEFA said on Friday.

European soccer`s governing body said Eremenko had failed a doping test following CSKA`s 2-2 Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Sept. 14.

"The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites," UEFA said in a statement on their website (www.uefa.com).

Eremenko was originally banned for 30 days in October, although no reason was given for the suspension at that time.

The midfielder, 29, had scored a 38th-minute equaliser against Leverkusen as CSKA fought back from two goals down to snatch a draw.

"The club is going to appeal the decision together with the player," CSKA said in a statement.

Eremenko is a key player for Finland, who have lost all of their three World Cup qualifiers since he was suspended.

The Finnish Football Association issued a statement expressing disappointment with the player.

"A use of narcotics can not be accepted in any circumstances," General Secretary Marco Casagrande said.