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Norwood player handed four-year doping ban

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Former Redlegs player Joshua Glenn has been banned from all football competitions for four years after testing positive to prohibited anabolic steroids after a SANFL game between Norwood and Glenelg.

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The SANFL this morning said Glenn gave a sample to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) after the Round 11 game at the Parade on June 16 last year.

The SANFL said ASADA advised it on August 10 that the sample detected 19-Norandrosterone and 19-Noretiocholanolone (metabolites of Nandrolone, Norandostenedione or Norandrostenediol), which are on the World Anti-Doping Code 2018 prohibited list.

Glenn was handed a provisional SANFL suspension pending further ASADA analysis and investigation.

The SANFL said it had since been bound by strict secrecy rules but could talk publicly today as the matter had been finalised.

It said Glenn, 25, had acknowledged the violation and accepted the sanction and waived his right to a hearing before the SANFL anti-doping tribunal.

Glenn’s four year ban took effect from August 10, 2018 and he will be eligible to play again after August 10, 2022.

SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the league had “zero tolerance” for prohibited drug use.

“This sanction, the first to be imposed to a SANFL player for breach of the Anti-Doping Code, reinforces the League’s strong stance in maintaining fairness, safety and integrity on behalf of its participants,” he said.

In a Norwood Football Club statement about “former player Josh Glenn”, president Paul Di Iulio said the club “is committed to the cause of eliminating drugs in sport and we fully support SANFL’s anti-doping policies and testing regime to protect the safety of players and the fairness and integrity of competitions”.

“I want to reinforce that the decision Josh made, resulting in this adverse finding, occurred well before his arrival at the Norwood Football Club,” he said.

“Josh admitted to taking the substances when he was not listed with any SANFL club and was therefore not bound by the Code. However, the ongoing presence of the substances on 16 June 2018, while participating in a match for Norwood Football Club, constitutes an anti-doping rule violation.

“As a club, we can only speak positively of Josh’s behaviour during his time spent at Norwood. Josh has been an excellent teammate and demonstrated professionalism and commitment to the playing group.

“Norwood will continue to support Josh however we will not be any making further comment on this matter.”

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