Adelaide United import Ken Ilso banned after cocaine found in system

“I am working closely with the PFA regarding my situation and awaiting the results from the B test,” Ilso said in a statement released on his behalf by Professional Footballers Australia.


“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.”

Under the WADA code, players who test positive for cocaine while in competition are considered to have committed a doping offence and face a ban of up to four years. However, there is currently a push from the World Players Association to have cocaine reclassified as a specified substance it is generally a recreational drug which is not used for performance-enhancing purposes.

Regardless, it appears Ilso has certainly played his last match for Adelaide. He has made 19 appearances and scored three goals since joining the Reds at the beginning of the season, but his chances of a contract extension were already looking dim before news of his suspension emerged.

PFA chief executive John Didulica said: “The process triggered by the Adverse Analytical Finding is very proscriptive and the PFA will provide Ken with all necessary legal and wellbeing support.”

“At this stage, it’s not appropriate to provide any further comment on the nature and particulars of the finding beyond those made public by ASADA pursuant to its statutory mandate.”


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