Ffifteen Premier League players have not passed drug tests between 2015 and 2020 and have not faced any bans. The number could have been higher.
Of the 15, 12 tested positive for banned performance-enhancing substances, and one of the cases is still under investigation without any sanctions.
The drug problem in British football
The Mail on Sunday published the numbers and also notes that 88 footballers in the UK failed drug tests between 2013 and 2020.
Cases showing doping included a positive test for amphetamine and three cases for triamcinolone. Bradley Wiggins used to treat hay fever before it Tour de France victory.
Ritalin and testosterone booster Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) have been found in Premier League cases, the latter hormone is often abused in cycling and MMA, reports the Mail.
The UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) clarified that no sanctions were imposed due to accidental ingestion or the player’s possession of a Therapeutic Use Exemption.
Other positives, although not necessarily proven Premier League the players demonstrated the use of morphine, cannabis and cocaine, among other banned substances.