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Banned substance MHA not among ingredients in supplement taken by Kerry footballer

Sport Ireland have released another statement regarding Brendan O’Sullivan’s failed drugs test.

Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan (right) in action against Dublin's James McCarthy.
Kerry's Brendan O'Sullivan (right) in action against Dublin's James McCarthy.

IT HAS EMERGED that the supplement Kerry footballer Brendan O’Sullivan took that caused him to fail a drugs test did not have banned substance methylhexaneamine (MHA) listed among its ingredients.

The Valentia Islander has been in the news for the past five days after it was revealed he failed a drugs test following Kerry’s defeat to Dublin in the 2016 Allianz National Football League final.

O’Sullivan served two suspensions totalling 21 weeks for the violation, despite it being accepted that he “bore no significant fault or negligence”.

It has since been revealed that the weight-loss and energy-boosting tablets O’Sullivan took did not have MHA listed as one of its ingredients, and when checking the product online the player found no reasons to suggest it contained a banned substance.

“Mr O’Sullivan explained that he took a supplement called Falcon Labs Oxyburn Pro Superthermotech,” Sport Ireland said in a statement.

“He asserted that it was a contaminated product as defined in the Irish Anti-Doing Rules because MHA was not disclosed on the label or in a reasonable internet search which he asserted he had carried out before taking the product.

“After analysis by Sport Ireland, carried out at the Wada-accredited laboratory in Cologne — of tablets left over from the original tub which Mr O’Sullivan purchased and analysis of tablets from an unopened tub of the same product — and consideration of sworn testimony from Mr O’Sullivan regarding the internet search he had carried out, Sport Ireland accepted that it was a contaminated product case, that Mr O’Sullivan bore no significant fault or negligence and specified a sanction of seven months which it considered appropriate.”

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