In May it was announced that Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Aaron McCarey had failed a drug test.
The 23-year-old Wolves shotstopper was suspended by the Football Association after the former Republic Of Ireland Under-21 international failed a drug test for a non-performance enhancing substance.
Aaron McCarey always strenuously denied that he had deliberately took any banned substance, but following his failed test he had faced the possibility of a six month ban.
His Football Association hearing was last Wednesday, but the goalkeeper had to wait until Friday for a decision.
The result was a suspended four-month ban back-dated to his original suspension on April 21st.
The ban is suspended for two years, so McCarey will miss no football and is free to play, which is obviously great news for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
‘Aaron has maintained all along that he has no idea how the drug entered his system, Medical and scientific analysis, commissioned by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) on behalf of Aaron, and including a hair follicle test requested by the player himself, also showed that the trace amount was very small and backed up Aaron`s statement.’ said Wolves Head Coach Kenny Jackett to Wolves Official Website.
He continued: “However, all of our players are aware of the Club and the FA`s policy when it comes to substance abuse, and all are responsible for anything which enters their body.
“So while we have supported Aaron throughout, both he and the Club understand and accept today`s sanction from the FA.”
It’s a difficult one to judge without all the facts in the public domain, so we won’t speculate. But you do have to wonder if failing a drugs test for a non-performance enhancing substance should be given a tougher punishment?
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