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Can football players delegate their anti-doping responsibilities to their club? The case of Shir Tzedek

Football in front of white coat
By Boaz Sity

Shir Tzedek is an Israeli professional football player for Hapoel Beer Sheva (the Player). On 22 August 2017, Tzedek played in a UEFA Champions League match against NK Maribor and was required to provide a urine sample for doping control purposes. One month later, on 22 September 2017, the Player was informed the prohibited substance Octopamine was detected in his urine sample. Octopamine is a specified stimulant and is only prohibited in-competition.

Subsequently, UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against Tzedek for anti-doping rule violation, in accordance with the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations (ADR). On 7 December 2017 UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) decided to suspend him for a period of eight months (decision available here1 – see page 117).

This article reviews the proceedings before the CEDB, focusing on:

  • The Player's position;

  • The CEDB decision;

  • The scope of suspension under the ADR; and

  • Comments and observations.

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Boaz Sity

Boaz Sity

Boaz Sity is a Partner at Ron Gazit, Rotenberg & Co in Israel.

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