Paddy Kenny 9 months boot for drug shame

September 8, 2009 | Filed Under: Blog 
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paddy-kenny-drug-ban If a player gets a positive drug test these days he faces the big trouble paddy got a  massive 9 month ban today.Kenny, 31, has been banned for nine months by the Football Association and faces an uncertain future after traces of the banned substance ephedrine were found in urine samples taken in May.

The Republic of Ireland international told an FA hearing yesterday that he took tablets bought at a pharmacy to help with a chest infection prior to the Blades’ play-off semi-final against Preston, but although cleared of cheating was banned until April and will now miss out on his World Cup dream.

Warnock, who plucked Kenny from non-league football when manager at Bury in 1998 and then brought him to Bramall Lane four years later, told Press Association Sport: “It’s a tragedy, he’s a big, softy who’s got no malice in him whatsoever.

“Anybody who knows Paddy knows he has just made an honest mistake, so it’s a warning to other players, who must learn they can’t just go into the local chemist and buy things like cold remedies.

“We had a similar problem with one of my lads this year, it’s easily done, but it’s so sad for Paddy because he’s going to miss out on his World Cup dream.”

However, United manager Kevin Blackwell hinted the club could well appeal against the length of the suspension.

“The Commission accepted he didn’t take the drug for performance enhancing, it was a course of tablets to relieve his chest – so we’re a little surprised he’s been done for nine months.

“I don’t understand the length of the ban. It’s unbelievable!

Kenny, a former Republic of Ireland international, has made nearly 300 appearances for the Blades since joining in 2002.This all Sounds harsh, but unfortunately he only has himself to blame does he?



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