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Ireland midfielder Judge warned by FA after committing anti-doping violation

Brentford’s Player of the Year was found to have high levels of salbutamol in his system due the use of an asthma inhaler.

Judge made his debut for Ireland in March.
Judge made his debut for Ireland in March.
Image: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

THE FA HAS cautioned Brentford midfielder Alan Judge after he was found to have committed an anti-doping violation.

 A reprimand has been issued to the Dubliner, capped once at senior level for Ireland, in relation to his therapeutic use of an asthma inhaler.

The levels of salbutamol found in his system during a drug test were above the WADA permitted threshold but the Bees’ Player of the Year faces no charge — although he will be target tested for the next two years.

In a brief statement released by Brentford, the club said: “Alan has suffered from exercise-induced asthma since he was a child and was given permission to use the inhaler.

Following a match last August, Alan’s levels of salbutamol from his inhaler use were found to be slightly above the threshold, however in mitigation, he provided a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding this.”

Judge had been hoping to play his way into Ireland’s Euro 2016 squad after making his debut in March, but suffered a double leg break the following month.

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