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Barnsley player faces lengthy ban after he failed a drugs test

Barnsley player Bambo Diaby is facing a lengthy ban after he failed a drugs test which took place after a league fixture earlier this season.

According the reports, Tykes boss Gerhard Struber had a meeting with the team last week to talk about the situation and said Diaby wouldn’t be selected to play against Bristol City last Saturday.

The defender is believed to have been tested after Barnsley’s defeat at Blackburn Rovers on the 23rd of November and has been playing since while the process goes on.

Positive drug tests is rather a rare case in football, these take a long time to be processed, with a four-year ban the maximum punishment.

Diaby has pleaded his innocence to team mates and insists to them that he will clear his name.

Struber admitted the story had been a distraction in his team’s 3-0 defeat to Preston.

He said: “The situation is not clear, the process is running.

“The information comes next week and we can tell more about Bambo then.”

However on Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed by Barnsley that the FA are investigating Diaby over the possibility of a failed drugs test.

Diaby is unable to play whilst the investigation continues.

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The last footballer to have tested positive for drug was former Southport defender Mike Phenix back in September 2018 when he took cocaine, which got him a four-year ban, which was only announced in May 2019.

The Football Association works in partnership with UK Anti-Doping and drug testers regularly target players after games and at training grounds in out-of-competition tests.

They operate under the World Anti-Doping Authority code which brought in the four-year ban in 2017 to try to crack down on drug cheats across all sports.

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