Alan Judge warned by The FA over doping violation

The Irish international was charged over irregular levels of Salbutamol in his system

BY Daniel Kelly 12:04 Saturday 28 May 2016, 12:04 28 May 2016

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Ireland international and Brentford midfielder Alan Judge has been warned by The FA over a doping violation as the result of using an asthma inhaler. 

The 27-year old was charged after Salbutamol was found in his system after a game last year. The drug came from Judge's usage on an inhaler but was over the permitted threshold under WADA rules.

The FA announced on Saturday that Judge was free to continue playing as the Dubliner showed "no significant fault or negligence". He will be target-tested by the FA in the next two years.

In a statement released by his club Brentford, they confirmed that the midfielder "has suffered from exercise-induced asthma since he was a child and was given permission to use the inhaler".

Judge made his international debut for Ireland earlier this year in a friendly against Switzerland. He broke his leg against Birmingham City weeks after playing in the Aviva Stadium.

Despite the leg break in April, Judge was named in the Championship Team of the Year. He was also voted into the Player's Team of the Year of the second-tier.

The former Blackburn player is expected to return to action in the early stages of next season.


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