13 Players Banned From Football Due To Doping

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho has been all over the news recently due to the fact that he has failed a drugs test and now faces being banned from football due to doping. More recently, he has not requested that UEFA  test his B sample, and instead plans on pleading ‘mitigating factors’ in his appeal against a lengthy ban from football.

He is not the first high-profile footballer to banned from football due to doping, and he most certainly won’t be the last. Below we showcase 13 other footballers who, at some point in their career, faced a ban from all footballing events due to anti-doping laws.

Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United) – 2003

Length of Ban: 8 months
Reason for Ban: Missing a routine drugs test

Frank de Boer (Barcelona) – 2001

Length of Ban: 1 year (reduced)
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Mark Bosnich (Chelsea) – 2002

Length of Ban: 9 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

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Lee Bowyer (Charlton) – 1995

Length of Ban: 8 weeks
Reason for Ban: Cannabis

Edgar Davids (Juventus) – 2001

Length of Ban: 5 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Pep Guardiola (Brescia) – 2001

Length of Ban: 4 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Despite being banned from football due to doping, Guardiola was cleared of all wrongdoing retrospectively in 2009.

Paddy Kenny (Sheffield United) – 2009

Length of Ban: 9 months
Reason for Ban: Ephedrine

Adrian Mutu (Chelsea) – 2004

Length of Ban: 7 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

As well as being banned from football due to doping, Mutu was fined £20,000 by the FA and was released from his contract by Chelsea.

Diego Maradona (Napoli) – 1991

Length of Ban: 15 months
Reason for Ban: Cocaine

Maradona was banned from football due to doping on multiple occasions, arguably most notably during the 1994 World Cup, where he was sent home after two matches due to testing positive for the banned substance ephedrine.

Joaquim “Quim” da Silva (Braga) – 2001

Length of Ban: 6 months
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Jaap Stam (Lazio) – 2001

Length of Ban: 5 months (reduced)
Reason for Ban: Anabolic Steroid – Nandrolene

Kolo Touré (Manchester City) – 2011

Length of Ban: 6 months
Reason for Ban: Banned Diet Pills

As you can see, a lot of these players banned from football due to doping were largely due to the anabolic steroid ‘Nandrolene’ and in 2001. However, most of the bans were reduced. High profile names such as Rio Ferdinand, Diego Maradona, Edgar Davids, Jaap Stam, Ajax manager Frank de Boer, and arguably the best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, all feature on this list.

Clearly no one is exempt from drugs testing!

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