Town midfielder’s doping shame

Gerard Kinsella in action for Fleetwood Town
Gerard Kinsella in action for Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood Town’s Gerard Kinsella has been suspended from football for two years after admitting breaching FA doping regulations.

The 21-year-old midfielder, who is yet to make his first team debut for the Highbury club, faced an FA hearing after a sample tested positive for the banned substance Nandrolone.

A statement from the FA said: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Fleetwood Town’s Gerard Kinsella has been suspended from football and all football activities for two years, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA charge in relation to a breach of its Anti-Doping regulations.

“Kinsella was charged under FA Rule E25 for a breach of Regulation 3 after he gave a sample following an out of competition test which contained the presence of a prohibited substance, namely Nandrolone, listed as an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid in the 2013 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Code.

“The player, who requested a personal hearing, will serve a 24-month suspension commencing 5 February 2013 (backdated to the date of sample collection) until 4 February 2015.”

Kinsella was one of a number of Town players selected for random testing on February 5 this year.

He has been provisionally suspended since February 20 when he was informed by the FA of the positive test.

The player had just returned to Fleetwood from a loan spell at AFC Telford where he played seven games, scoring one goal.

The club reacted only to acknowledge Kinsella’s punishment.

Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood said: “Fleetwood Town will make a statement about Gerard Kinsella in the fullness of time.

“The verdict has only recently been made by The FA and we have no further comment at this stage.”