Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos insists ‘I’ve passed more than 300 drug tests in my career’ and has told those who have accused him of doping to ‘do one’.
Football Leaks reported on Friday evening that Ramos tested positive for a banned substance following Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Juventus in the 2017 Champions League, yet UEFA accepted an ‘apology’ and explanation from the club as justification for the result and took no further action.
“It’s a complicated issue,” the defender said after Los Blancos’ 3-0 defeat to Eibar on Saturday, his denial coming after those by his club and FIFA.
“My legal team will deal with these accusations, like Real Madrid and UEFA did yesterday.
“Throughout my professional career, I’ve passed more than 300 drug tests and I’ve never breached anything.
“The outlet warned us a month and a half ago, threatening to publish the news, and we knew it would come out.
“However, given we had the truth at home because we were calm, we weren’t afraid.
“Obviously I’ll be taking action because they’ve tried to smear my name and status. In 15 years I’ve never refused an anti-doping control.
“Those who have put these matters on the table know I didn’t anything illegal. If I’ve shown something positive in my career, it’s always been during work hours.
“I’ve been on the crest of a wave for a long time and I’ve enjoyed riding it. Anyone who doesn’t like that can do one.”
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— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) November 24, 2018