Second Rochdale player given drugs ban

Rochdale Hornets forward Adam Carr has been banned from all sport for a period of four years following the presence of a banned substance in his Sample. 

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) collected an Out-of-Competition urine Sample from Carr on 9 December 2019 at a training session. Analysis of Carr’s A Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for clenbuterol, an anabolic agent used to gain muscle and burn fat.

The drug is banned at all times under the WADA 2019 Prohibited List. 

On 28 February 2020, UKAD issued Carr with a Notice of Charge and a Provisional Suspension. He admitted that he had taken clenbuterol but challenged the imposition of any ban.

The matter was therefore referred to the National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP) for determination. On 30 July 2020, the NADP issued him with a four-year ban from sport, which started on 9 December 2019 and will expire at midnight on 8 December 2023. 

Mr Carr subsequently appealed the NADP’s decision in his case. His appeal was ultimately dismissed on 3 December 2020 by an NADP appeal tribunal. 

Speaking on the case, UKAD Director of Operations, Pat Myhill said: “This was a very serious matter that involved a powerful anabolic agent, purchased from a friend via a third party in a gym. Clenbuterol is not licensed for human consumption in the UK. 

“Athletes at all levels who are playing in sports adhering to anti-doping rules are required to take full responsibility for what they ingest and use.

“Athletes should think very carefully about who or where they are getting any substances from. We strongly urge that all athletes speak to medical professionals or their governing body, and also take the time to personally research and review substances before taking them.”

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