A 16-year-old footballer at a Premier League club has been banned for nine months after being found in possession of a growth hormone, UK Anti-Doping has announced.
The player, who was 15 at the time of the offence, was charged by the Football Association in July last year with the ban issued last month.
UKAD said the suspension would run until May 7 after consideration was given to the time he was suspended.
The player was found in possession of somatropin, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances. The substance was contained in a pen-type dispenser.
UKAD director of operations Pat Myhill said: “Athletes, their parents and the teams they play for, all have a role to play in helping to keep sport clean.
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“This case demonstrates that the anti-doping rules apply to all athletes, regardless of age, and serves as an important reminder of the serious consequences that can apply if those rules are broken.
“If you are responsible for a young athlete, you should take a proactive approach to ensure their participation in clean sport and help to protect them from the risks of doping.”
The player’s name and club were not published because of their age.