Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has been under scrutiny after reports emerged suggesting that the defender tested positive for a restricted substance ahead of the 2017 Champions League final match against Liverpool.
The club released a statement denying doping allegations, “Sergio Ramos has never breached anti-doping regulations,” the club said in a brief statement late Friday.
German outlet Der Spiegel published a report from the football leaks suggesting that Ramos tested positive for dexamethasone following Real Madrid’s victory over Juventus in the Champions League final.
According to football leaks, Dexamethasone is permitted if the player gives notice before testing, however, the UEFA testers said they had no advance notice from Ramos regarding the same.
Real Madrid stated that UEFA “immediately closed the case referred to, as is customary in such instances, following tests carried out by experts from the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) and UEFA itself.”
Der Spiegel maintained that “no disciplinary action was taken, neither against the player nor against the team doctor from Real Madrid, despite all of the anomalies in the case.”
Real Madrid went on to win the Champions League last year and if the reports are true it could also mean confiscation of the title, amidst which the club cleared “given the clearly insubstantial nature of the reports,” it would not respond to the claim that the alleged infraction went unpunished.