Finland international banned for two years after positive cocaine test

Roman Eremenko plays for Russian giants CSKA Moscow at club level

BY Raf Diallo 16:40 Friday 18 November 2016, 16:40 18 Nov 2016

CSKA's Roman Eremenko controls the ball during the Champions League Group E soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow in Leverkusen, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Finland international Roman Eremenko has been banned from football for two years after testing positive for cocaine.

The substance was detected in a sample from the CSKA Moscow midfielder after a Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen in September.

The start of Eremenko's ban is backdated to October the 6th when he was provisionally suspended.

"The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites," said UEFA in a statement.

The 29-year-old attacking midfielder has 73 international caps, scoring five goals.

Born in the Russian capital, Moscow, he moved to Finland as a child with his family and footballer father. 

Since leaving Ukraine's Dynamo Kyiv in 2011, he has spent the past five years playing in Russia.

He also had a spell at Serie A side Udinese between 2005 and 2009.


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