Brazil player in positive drugs test

2001-06-06 13:23

Athens, Greece - AEK's Brazilian defender Rodrigo Ramos has tested positive for a steroid, in the second such case involving the Athens club in the past two months.

"I can't justify that unexpected development, since I haven't taken any medicine lately," AEK's Internet site quoted the Brazilian as saying on Wednesday.

A urine sample taken from the 21-year-old player after a national category league game on May 7 against crosstown rival Panathinaikos showed traces of the steroid testosterone.

In early April, Greece's national soccer team captain, Theodoros Zagorakis, was cleared of doping allegations when found positive for the same banned substance in a follow-up test. Sports judge Dimitris Orfanides said the high steroid level was natural as Zagorakis suffered from "acute and recurring acne", which is a sign of high testosterone production in the body.

The site said the player - who is in Brazil - asked the Greek state-controlled anti-doping centre to proceed with an examination of the second sample.

According to federation regulations, a player who tests positive for a banned substance twice can be suspended from competition for up to two years.