England and Tottenham forward, Chioma Ubogagu, has been handed a nine monthly ban following two anti-doping violations.
This announcement was made by the Football Association of England on Thursday in London.
The 29-year-old, who has won three caps for the English National Football team, admitted the violations relating to the banned substance, conrenone, which was detected in her urine sample last October.
The independent regulatory commission, suspended the player for 9 months, running to October this year while admitting that Ubogagu committed the violations unintentionally.
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Tottenham said the banned substance was in the medication prescribed for the player in the U. S. for the treatment of acne arguing that she did not know it was prohibited. A statement from the English FA on Thursday said: “An independent regulatory commission has suspended Tottenham Hotspur Women’s Chioma Ubogagu for nine months following two Anti-doping Rule Violations (ADRVs)”.
The forward was charged with two ADRVs under the FA’s anti-doping regulations for the presence and use of canrenone, which is a banned substance and had been detected within a urine sample collected during a squad test on the 7th of October, 2021, by the UK Anti ‐ Doping Agency.
The player admitted the violations, which the commission accepted were committed unintentionally and found that she had established that she committed them without significant fault or negligence on her part during a subsequent hearing. Tottenham had in a statement cleared the former Arsenal and Real Madrid striker on their official website claiming, “Chioma Ubogagu has prescribed two forms of medication in the U. S. from a personal doctor to treat acne before signing for the club.
Both club and player cooperated with the FA and UKAD during the disciplinary process. The player has been unavailable for selection since a provisional suspension was imposed on her in January.
Chioma has since taken full responsibility for the change and deeply regrets her actions, admitting a lack of knowledge and awareness.
In her apology to the club, Chioma stated categorically that the medication had no performance-enhancing effects on her even as she regretted not being diligent enough.
In her words, she maintained that “while my dermatologist is aware of my profession, it is also my responsibility to know more about the medications I am prescribed”.
While pledging to be back to the field of play soonest, she, however, promised to share her story with other athletes to avoid situations like hers.