Tottenham Women’s Chioma Ubogagu has been banned from football for nine months after being charged with an anti-doping violation sparked by her ACNE medication
- Chioma Ubogagu has been banned from playing football for nine months
- The 29-year-old Tottenham women’s forward has been charged with an anti-doping violation
- Ubogagu was prescribed acne medication in the US before signing with Spurs
- The FA has accepted that she did not knowingly attempt to gain an illegal advantage
- Three-cap England international Ubogagu is now ineligible until October
Tottenham Women striker Chioma Ubogagu has been handed a nine-month football ban following an anti-doping violation.
The FA and an independent court made a decision in April, meaning the former England international, who scored on her international debut in 2018, will be banned from the game until October, following a provisional suspension in January.
The Governing Body accepted that Ubogagu, 29, did not take the banned substance canrenone to intentionally gain an illegal advantage. It is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency because it is sometimes used as a masking agent.
Tottenham Women striker Chioma Ubogagu has been suspended from football for nine months
The ex-England star has been charged with an anti-doping violation sparked by acne medication
She said: “I’m so sorry for my teammates and staff that I can’t be on the pitch. The club has been very supportive throughout this process and I am so grateful for all of their help.
“My faith, family and close friends have helped me a lot during this difficult time. I look forward to returning soon after this is fixed.
“I want to clarify that the drug did not have a performance enhancing effect for me, but I still made the mistake of not being as diligent as possible and as a result I am unable to play the game I love until I serve my suspension have .
“Although my dermatologist is aware of my profession, it is also my responsibility to learn more about the medications I am prescribed. I plan to share my story and educate others about the seriousness of what can happen and I hope I can help other athletes avoid situations like mine in the future.
Ubogagu, who joined the club from Real Madrid in July, said she was prescribed the drug spironolactone in Texas, USA, to treat her acne – while she was at Houston Dash – and continued taking it after arriving in England.
Although a commission found that she had made the mistake unintentionally, she stated: “[Ubogagu]could and should have established that this drug was on the banned list and could easily have asked the prescribing doctor or Tottenham medical staff, for example, or I founded it myself’.
A statement on the club’s website added: “Both the club and Chioma have cooperated fully with the FA and UKAD throughout the disciplinary process.”
Former American goalkeeper Hope Solo was warned by US Anti-Doping on Monday after testing positive for canrenone in a urine test, and only received a warning from USADA after canrenone was found in a urine test in 2012.