first_imgReal Madrid have denied their captain, Sergio Ramos failed a doping test in the lead up to 2017-18 Champions League final, rubbishing reports of wrongdoing by German magazine Der Spiegel in a Football Leaks revelation.The news magazine published a report on Friday that claimed Ramos’ urine sample taken before the big final between Real and Juventus was tested positive for banned substance, dexamethasone.It was also reported that the Real captain did not follow proper procedures when asked to take a test after a Spanish league match in April this year.”Ramos has never breached anti-doping regulations,” Real said in a statement.”UEFA requested specific information and immediately closed the case referred to, as is customary in such instances, following tests carried out by experts from the World Anti-Doping Agency and UEFA itself.”Also read: Mane extends Liverpool contract, Kante signs new five-year deal with ChelseaUEFA also released a statement, saying it “strongly and categorically refutes unfounded allegations it has covered up positive doping results.”Notably, UEFA did not launch an investigation as the governing body of European football later accepted an explanation from Real’s doctor who conceded to have made an error in the report.It added: “All UEFA doping control cases are conducted in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency Code. UEFA has informed both WADA and FIFA of all such cases as required by the WADA Code and UEFA has provided all detailed information, expert reports and evidence during the handling of such cases.”advertisementIt said WADA and FIFA have the right to appeal any decision taken by UEFA on doping control matters to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but neither “did lodge any such appeal.”UEFA said WADA itself has officially confirmed “everything was dealt with appropriately by UEFA and in accordance with the code.”Spain’s anti-doping agency, which would have made the alleged request to test Ramos in April, said it can never publicly disclose information about doping investigations. It said it opens disciplinary procedures only if there is enough evidence of a possible infraction.(With inputs from AP)Also watch:last_img

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