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Barnsley player suspended from football for two years

A Barnsley player is suspended from all football relegated activity for two years, it has been announced by the Football Association on Wednesday.

Bambo Diaby has been suspended from all football and football-related activity for two years following a breach of The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations.

The Barnsley FC defender provided an in-competition urine sample to The FA and UK Anti-Doping officials on 23 November 2019 that was found to contain Higenamine once analysed. The World Anti-Doping Agency classifies Higenamine as a prohibited substance at all times and he was subsequently charged by The FA for a breach of its Anti-Doping Regulations.

While Bambo Diaby admitted the charge, he did not establish how the Higenamine entered his system. As such, an independent Regulatory Commission imposed the mandatory two-year ban.

The suspension is effective from the date of the player’s provisional suspension on 17 January 2020 and will run up to and including 16 January 2022.

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The Regulatory Commission’s reasons for the sanction can be found below, or by clicking HERE for the full write up.

  1. Bambo Diaby (BD) is a professional footballer who signed for Barnsley Football Club on 5th July 2019 from KSC Lokeren in Belgium having played previously for clubs in Spain and Italy. He was then aged 21.

  2. It is accepted that, at all material times, BD was obliged to comply with the Anti-Doping programme administered by The Football Association (FA) and the Anti-Doping Regulations which are set out within the FA Handbook 2019/2020.

  3. Following a match against Blackburn on 23rd November 2019, BD provided an in-competition urine sample to The FA and UK Anti-Doping officials. Subsequent analysis of that sample disclosed the presence of Higenamine. This substance, which is typically taken to reduce weight (what is commonly known as a ‘fat burner’), is classified under S3. Beta-2 Agonists of the 2019 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code.

  4. Accordingly, having been notified of the adverse finding on 17th January 2020, in respect of which he provided a response on 24th/30th January and 4th February and was interviewed on 24th February, BD was charged (on 19th March 2020) in accordance with FA Rules pursuant to

Rule E1(b) for a breach of Regulation 3 of The FA Anti-Doping Regulations 2019-20 (p.265 of The FA Handbook 2019-20).

5. As will be apparent from what follows, the process of investigation of this case both by the player, his club and his advisers and by the FA has a considerable history. However, we do not think it necessary to recite or to analyse that chronology or to examine whether the player or The FA might have conducted any part of their investigation or preparation of the case any differently.


Dear Reds, it is with great sadness in my heart that I write this message to the Barnsley FC supporters.

I am devastated with the news that I have received which means I cannot return to play football until 2022. This has been such a long process but I had remained upbeat and inspired by the support and backing from the club. They supported me from day one of my charge and I am so grateful for that.

I have been inundated with messages of support from Reds fans throughout this ordeal and you will never appreciate just how much this meant to me during a difficult time. From my first moment at this great club, I was welcomed with open arms by staff, players and the whole community of Barnsley. I made this place my home and was looking forward to many years playing for the town and its people.

There were ups and downs last season but I always felt the fans were with us, even in the tough times. Thank you for that. But I could sense the change of fortunes around Christmas; we started to gain vital results heading into the New Year. I will never forget scoring my first goal at Oakwell in front of the ‘Ponty End’, it is a feeling I’ll always have with me. And I continued to support the team in my absence and to see the way they fought their way through the lockdown period and to eventual safety was incredible. I became a Reds fan myself, cheering on the lads… I will continue to do this in the future.

I maintain my innocence, something the FA have acknowledged themselves but I must handle this decision with my family and look forward to a brighter future. And you never know what may happen. I will never give in on one day pulling that shirt back on.

Thank you all, and be safe.



The news comes less than 24 hours after the departure of some squad members and most notably their manager Gerhard Struber who left the Tykes for MLS side New York Red Bulls.

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