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Key challenges facing athletes in contaminated supplement cases: A review of the Arijan Ademi decision

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Friday, 02 June 2017 By Paul J. Greene, Tomislav Kasalo

Mr. Arijan Ademi (hereinafter: the Appellant or the Player) is a Croatian-born football player who is registered with football club GNK Dinamo and a national team player of FYR Macedonia.

On 16 September 2015, the Player underwent a doping control test following the UEFA Champions League match between GNK Dinamo and Arsenal FC in Zagreb, Croatia. A few weeks later, on 7 October 2015, the Player was notified by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited “Laboratoire Suisse d´Analyse du Dopage” (the Lausanne laboratory) of an Adverse Analytical Finding[1] for stanozolol metabolites in his 16 September 2015 sample. Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid that is a non-specified substance and is prohibited at all times, both in- and out-of-competition (see WADA Prohibited List).

On 20 October 2015, the Lausanne laboratory notified the Player that the B-sample analysis confirmed the result of the A-sample for stanozolol metabolites. At this point, because the Player was certain he never intentionally doped, he started to doubt all the people around him including his friends and family, but eventually he decided to commence legal proceedings in order to get to the truth and minimize his impending sanction. 

This article reviews the Player’s case. Specifically it looks at:

  • The proceedings before the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA;

  • The proceedings before the UEFA Appeals Body;

  • The proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport;

  • Authors’ comments

Please note that both authors were counsel for the Player in his appeal process.

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Paul J. Greene

Paul J. Greene | @greenesportslaw

Paul J. Greene, Esq. is a U.S. based sports lawyer who protects the rights of athletes in disputes, including those charged in anti-doping proceedings. Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA and Super Lawyers as one of America’s top sports lawyers.

Tomislav Kasalo

Tomislav Kasalo

Tomislav Kasalo, Attorney at law, is a co-founder and partner at the Law office of Boro Rajic and Tomislav Kasalo, in Split, Croatia, since 14 March 2010. Tomislav has represented many athletes before national dispute resolution chambers, courts of general jurisdiction, arbitration courts, FIFA DRC, CAS, and other competent courts and tribunals as well as negotiations with different sports clubs regarding the employment contracts.

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