Adelaide United midfielder Ken Ilso has been provisionally suspended from the A-League following a failed a drugs test.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) made the announcement on Friday after Danish import Ilso returned a positive A-sample for Benzoylecgonine – metabolite of cocaine – on January 27.
It is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code and FFA’s National Anti-Doping policy.
Ilso has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed before FFA takes steps to issue him with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation notice.
— Hyundai A-League (@ALeague) March 22, 2019
“To all my fans, team mates, friends and family. I have been notified by the PFA regarding the Adverse Analytical Finding,” the 32-year-old said in a statement via the Professional Footballers Association.
“I am working closely with the PFA regarding my situation and awaiting the results from the B test.
“Until these results are received I cannot make any further comments. I would like to thank the PFA for their support in this testing and frustrating situation.
“To our fans, please ensure the focus is on the team. It is a critical time in our season and they need you most of all.”
— The PFA (@thepfa) March 22, 2019
Former Midtjylland and Fortuna Dusseldorf attacker Ilso joined Adelaide in 2018, and the veteran has scored three goals in 19 A-League appearances this season.
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