Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi handed four-year ban after failing drug test

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UEFA has suspended Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Arijan Ademi for four years after failing a drug test.

Ademi failed the test after Zagreb’s 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League in September.

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There are no specifics as to what Ademi tested positive for, only that both his “A” and “B” samples came back positive for a banned substance under UEFA’s Anti-Doping regulations.

Dinamo manager Zoran Mamic called the suspension “senseless,” and said the club would appeal the decision.

To punish a player for four years after he and the experts proved that he took a contaminated supplement is senseless.

Rules are rules and one must be careful what one consumes, but this is just too much because it’s obvious he didn’t know what he was doing.

We will appeal to the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS) or whoever is in charge but right now we are totally shocked.

UEFA is clearly taking a strong stand against doping, but a four-year ban in European football is essentially career-ending. With the suspension, the 24-year-old Ademi will not be eligible to play until 2019.

What do you think? Does Ademi deserve the punishment? Or is four years too harsh?