CSKA Moscow star Roman Eremenko has been banned from football for two years after testing positive for cocaine.
The Finnish midfielder was hit with the sever punishment by UEFA after he failed a drugs test following a Champions League game.a
Eremenko was summoned by testers at the end of CSKA’s European tie against Bayer Leverkusen on September 14.
Traces of cocaine were found in his sample and UEFA have come down hard on the 29-year-old.
A UEFA statement said: “The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has notified today its decision in relation to PFC CSKA Moskva player, Roman Eremenko.
“The Finnish player has been suspended for 2 years from all competitions, following the positive result of a doping control test in competition undergone by the player after the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and PFC CSKA Moskva played on 14 September 2016 in Germany.
“The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites, a stimulant that is classified under the category of prohibited substances in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2016 Prohibited List under class S6, being prohibited in-competition.
“The player was found guilty of being in breach of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, Edition 2016. As a result, the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided to impose a two-year ban on Roman Eremenko, starting from 6 October 2016 date of the provisional suspension.
“This decision may be appealed against within three days of receipt of the written reasoning.”
Eremenko, who captained Dynamo Kiev before joining CSKA, has the right of appeal.