German publication Der Spiegel has revealed that Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has been involved in two cases of doping.
The first occurred in a game against Malaga. He was advised to head to anti-doping but despite that he went for a shower. That’s prohibited under Spain’s anti-doping laws.
The second case refers to the Champions League final in 2017, when Ramos reportedly tested positive for dexamethasone, a prohibited drug.
In this case, the Real Madrid doctor acknowledged that he had given the Spain defender injections in the knee and the shoulder, so UEFA did not punish him as it was a medical decision.
“The deputy head of the Seibersdorf laboratory sent a report to the headquarters of the Union of European Football Associations, better known as UEFA, on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Austrians had analyzed the sample and found that it contained traces of dexamethasone, a cortisone preparation that has an anti-inflammatory effect in addition to relieving pain…
“The dexamethasone-case has never before been made public and the file remains behind lock-and-key at UEFA. 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. Indeed, the way in which UEFA swept the case under the rug shines a rather unflattering light on the anti-doping fight in top-level European football.”