English FA bans Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby for 2 years in doping case

Barnsley defender Bambo Diaby cannot play until January 2022 after testing positive for the banned substance higenamine.

“While Bambo Diaby admitted the charge, he did not establish how the higenamine entered his system,” the English FA said (File Photo).   -  Twitter

England’s Football Association (FA) banned a second-division player for two years on Wednesday in a doping case.

Barnsley FC defender Bambo Diaby cannot play until January 2022 after testing positive for the banned substance higenamine.

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The U.K. Anti-Doping agency said the substance is thought to help burn fat and act as a stimulant. It is found in supplements to facilitate weight loss.

“While Bambo Diaby admitted the charge, he did not establish how the higenamine entered his system,” the football body said, explaining why a two-year ban was mandatory.

Diaby tested positive after a league game against Blackburn Rovers last November. The 22-year-old player started his career in Spain and was previously signed by Sampdoria.

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