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Kerry statement confirms player failed drugs test after 2016 league final

Brendan O’Sullivan has served ‘the resultant suspension.’

Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan.
Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan.
Image: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

KERRY FOOTBALLER BRENDAN O’Sullivan failed a Sport Ireland doping control test following the 2016 Allianz League final, it has been confirmed.

In a statement released this morning, the Kerry GAA board said the Sport Ireland findings accepted that the rule violation was not intentional and O’Sullivan had served the resultant suspension.

O’Sullivan came off the bench for Kerry in the league final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park.

The story was first broken by the Sunday Independent this morning.

“On the 24th of April 2016 Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia Young Islanders & Kerry) underwent a routine Sport Ireland doping control test following the Allianz League final,” the Kerry GAA statement reads.

“The results of the test indicated a rule violation. Brendan O’Sullivan fully cooperated in assisting Sport Ireland.

“The subsequent findings of Sport Ireland accepted that the rule violation was not intentional and the resultant suspension has been served. Sport Ireland is expected to deliver a written decision shortly.

“All involved with Kerry GAA are delighted to see Brendan back playing football.

“Kerry County Committee and Team Management will be making no further comments until the Sport Ireland report has been issued.”

O’Sullivan didn’t make an appearance for Kerry during the rest of the 2016 season but made his return, as a substitute, in the Kingdom’s 2017 league opener against Donegal in February.

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