The German Football Association announced, on Thursday, that the Croatian player, Mario Vuskovic, of second-division Hamburg, has suspended for two years due to doping.
The Croatian under-21 national team defender, who joined Hamburg in 2021, failed a doping test after discovering the presence of the substance (EPO), which stimulates athletic performance.
“It appears clearly in all analyzes of a strange substance on the body, which is (EPO), albeit in small quantities,” said Stephan Oberholtz, head of the German Confederation’s Sports Court.
He added that the experts examined the first and second samples repeatedly, noting that anti-doping experts from outside Germany confirmed the results “without the player being able to prove their error.”
The federation stated that it did not deal with the incident as a systematic process, as it was the first violation committed by the player and given the small amount of the prohibited substance.
Hamburg announced that it would appeal the ban against the player, who participated in 16 matches in the second division this season and scored two goals.
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