Real Madrid and UEFA have both denied claims that Sergio Ramos failed a doping test after the 2017 Champions League Final but was not punished.
Football Leaks reported on Friday evening that Ramos tested positive for a banned substance following Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff, yet UEFA accepted an ‘apology’ and explanation from the club as justification for the result and took no further action.
“With regards to the reports published by Der Spiegel in relation to our captain, Sergio Ramos, the club wishes to express the following,” began Los Blancos in a statement on their official website.
“1. Sergio Ramos has never breached anti-doping regulations.
“2. 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 Association (WADA) and UEFA itself.
“3. In terms of the rest of the content published by the aforementioned publication, the club will not be making any comment, given the clearly insubstantial nature of the reports.”
UEFA added: “[UEFA] strongly and categorically refutes unfounded allegations it has covered up positive doping results.
“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.
“It must be underlined that both WADA and FIFA have the right to appeal any decision taken by UEFA on doping control matters to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“However, neither WADA nor FIFA did lodge any such appeal to CAS and WADA itself has officially confirmed that everything was dealt with appropriately by UEFA and in accordance with the code.”