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Blades suspend Kenny for failed drugs test

English Championship club Sheffield United confirms goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been suspended for testing positive for a banned drug.

English Championship club Sheffield United confirmed today that goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been suspended for testing positive for a banned drug. Ephedrine, a stimulant, was found in the Republic of Ireland international's urine sample he provided after the Blades' play-off semi-final match against Preston in May. Kenny will now be subject to a disciplinary inquiry by the Football Association and faces a range of possible sanctions from a reprimand up to a two-year ban in the most severe case. Ephedrine is on the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency's specified substances but is contained in some cold cures, and a positive test does not carry the usual automatic two-year suspension. Since 2007 however, four rugby players ? two from rugby union and two from rugby league ? have all been served with two-year bans after testing positive for ephedrine. A Sheffield United spokesman said: "We can confirm that Paddy Kenny has been suspended by the club. This is an ongoing, confidential matter and as such we are unable to comment further." The Bramall Lane custodian will now have to convince the authorities that the test was positive due to an oversight in taking an over-the-counter cough mixture or similar cold cure, rather than to enhance his performance, in order to minimise any punishment meted out.

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