In the reasons for the decision to the players, UEFA states, among other things, that this specific case is not an intentional doping offense, but, as the doping regulations say, each player is personally responsible for ensuring that no prohibited substances enter his or her body which, however, was the case with Camara and Koita after the Mali international match.
Salzburg managing director Stefan Reiter commented: “We take note of this decision by UEFA, but we are glad that clarity has now been created in this case and we know how things will go on in concrete terms. For us, of course, this means a bitter sporting loss. But even if we got into this situation through no fault of our own, the decision does not come unprepared because we have aligned the squad accordingly. ”
When did Salzburg know?
According to APA information, the “cops” heard of the verdict on the eve of the Villarreal game. For tactical reasons, the announcement was made much later in order to give the Spanish EL competitor as little preparation time as possible.
Koita spoke on Twitter as being “sad” and at the same time “relieved” because UEFA had taken the facts into account. “I urge all footballers, especially the young players, to be extremely careful about which products are given out by the teams’ medical staff.”
The 21-year-old emphasized: “I have so much respect for the sport that has already given me so much. I was and always will be a clean athlete.” He promised: “I will come back stronger in May than before.”
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