Sunday 23 October 2016

Footballer getting advice from GPA

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THE Gaelic Players Association is currently "advising" a Gaelic footballer who failed a drugs test earlier this year.

The player, from Co Monaghan, is believed to have tested positive for a steroid and is currently under investigation by the Irish Sports Council's Anti-Doping unit. He is not a member of the Monaghan senior squad but has been on its fringes.

"The GPA is currently advising a GAA player who has had an adverse finding as a result of an out-of-competition drug test in February of this year," the players' body confirmed yesterday.

GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail insisted that the Association will always co-operate in any case where a player fails a drugs test.

"There have been allegations, I am aware of that," said Ó Fearghail on RTE Radio yesterday.

"There are procedures and we work very, very closely with the Irish Sports Council and we don't have any issues with that. We co-operate fully at our training sessions, we co-operate fully at our matches."

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