Real denies captain Sergio Ramos reportedly failed a drugs test after the 2017 Champions League final, according to Football Leaks outlet Der Spiegel.
Ramos played the entirety of the final, which finished 4-1 to Real Madrid against Juventus in Cardiff.The Spaniard, along with his Real Madrid teammates,was tested by anti-doping authorities after the clash and one month later the deputy head of the Seibersdorf doping laboratory sent a report of their findings to the headquarters of UEFA, according to Der Spiegel.
The publication claims Ramos’ urine sample contained traces of dexamethasone, a cortisone preparation that has an anti-inflammatory effect to help relieve pain.
The drug can also increase concentration and result in a euphoric feeling. The World AntiDoping Agency prohibit athletes using the substance in competition.
Der Spiegel have revealed Ramos’ test results were never made public by UEFA,who decided against taking disciplinary action against the player or Real Madrid themselves.
The damning report continues by claiming two days after Ramos’ sample had been identified, a member of UEFA’s anti-doping unit reached out to the defender for an explanation.