Football athlete receives sanction

  • Doping Violation Update

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Football Federation Australia to impose a four-year ban on athlete Matthew Lyell for the use, attempted use and possession of prohibited substances.

Mr Lyell breached the sport’s anti-doping policy for the use, attempted use, and possession of testosterone, and the attempted use and possession of boldenone.

Under category S1 of the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List 2016, Boldenone and Testosterone are prohibited both in-and out-of-competition.

Boldenone was developed for use in veterinary medicine and is not approved for human use. The side effects include permanent liver damage, heart problems, aggressiveness and infertility.

  • Mr Lyell was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and accepted the sanction.
  • As a result, he is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 4 August 2020.
  • He is also not permitted to compete in a non-Signatory professional league or Event organised by a non-Signatory event organisation.

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