Midfielder Ken Ilsø of Adelaide United banned following a positive test for cocaine

Footballer Fails Cocaine Drug Test

Midfielder Ken Ilsø of Adelaide United banned following a positive test for cocaine. As per the Football Federation’s anti-doping policy, midfielder Ken Ilsø of Adelaide United received a provisional suspension.

In January this year, his A-sample tested positive for a cocaine metabolite (benzoylecgonine) as per FIFA. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is also doing their own investigation.

Adelaide signed the Danish player at the start of the season and while he’s waiting for the B test results, he’s cooperating with the Professional Footballers Australia.

As per its anti-doping policy, the FFA stated that the provisional suspension of Ilsø was mandatory.

Nathan Kosmina, chief executive of Adelaide United, stated the club would give support to Ilsø while Asada deals with the case.

In 19 A-league games, Ilsø has not made much of an impression in his on-field play.

He has scored 3 goals for the Reds as an attacking midfielder and two of those goals were scored last November against Wellington. In about 50% of his appearances, he was a substitute.

Ilsø was born in Solrod Strand, where he went on to be an underage Danish international until he moved to Germany in 2011.

Drug Testing in Football

The standards and requirements of drug testing in the sport can vary worldwide. In the UK, testing of footballers for illicit drugs is regulated by the FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations. The FA uses urine drug tests and blood testing to determine if a player has used a prohibited substance. All drug tests are carried out by Doping Control Officers (DCO) and Chaperones, who are required to meet World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) standards.

Hair Follicle Drug Testing is not currently carried out in football in the UK.

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