Middlesbrough winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing served a three-month ban from soccer for utilizing cocaine final yr, the Soccer Affiliation has confirmed.
The 28-year-old had his Cardiff deal terminated for an ‘alleged breach of contract’ final September.
Now, the FA says Mendez-Laing, who joined Middlesbrough final week, examined optimistic for cocaine, which was used ‘in a context unrelated to sporting efficiency’.
An FA assertion learn: “The Middlesbrough FC participant offered an in-competition urine pattern to the FA through UK Anti-Doping officers on Four July 2020 whereas enjoying for Cardiff City FC and it was discovered to include metabolites of cocaine as soon as subsequently analysed.
“Cocaine is classed as a prohibited substance in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA), due to this fact Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was charged by the FA for a breach of its Anti-Doping laws and provisionally suspended on 14 August 2020.
“Nathaniel Mendez-Laing admitted the cost however was in a position to clarify that the substance had been ingested out-of-competition in a context that was unrelated to sporting efficiency.
“An unbiased Regulatory Fee was subsequently convened to resolve an acceptable sanction and, according to the revised 2021 WADA Code that allows lowered sanctions for ‘Substances of Abuse’, utilized a back-dated three-month suspension from 14 August 2020.”
Mendez-Laing, who has had spells with Peterborough and Rochdale, received promotion to the Premier League with Cardiff underneath his present Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock in 2018.
He was an unused substitute in Boro’s 4-1 defeat to Brentford final weekend and will likely be hoping to make his debut once they journey to Derby on Saturday.
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In an announcement launched to the BBC, Mendez-Laing mentioned: “With the assistance of my household, shut pals, my agent, and the PFA [Professional Footballers’ Association] throughout this extraordinarily troublesome time, I’ve been in a position to overcome my private hurdles, to focus, and make investments my time in working onerous, decided to return to soccer.
“I respect all of the assist I’ve been given all through. I now need to go away that interval of my life previously the place it belongs.
“I’m excited in regards to the future and delighted to be again doing what I really like.”