Sheffield United have shown exactly where they stand on the issue of doping after suspending goalkeeper Paddy Kenny following his testing positive for ephedrine.
None of this 'supporting the player' nonsense for the Blades, oh no. Far better to leave their goalkeeper of over 300 appearances to handle an FA disciplinary hearing and the prospect of a two-year ban on his own.
Whether he unknowingly took the drug as part of an over-the-counter cough medicine or surreptitiously guzzled a whole vial of the stuff in order to beef up, plenty of clubs would have at least backed him until proven guilty.
Kenny's former Blades boss Neil Warnock was quick to defend his former charge. Warnock obviously still holds a lot of affection for Kenny, although you wouldn't know it from the fact he described him as "not the brightest" five times in as many minutes.
Ephedrine has four stars next to it in WADA's latest list of banned substances. Sadly, this is not a rating on the strength of the effects, meaning the user will feel the vibrations of the cosmos or make them peel themselves like an orange, but merely to denote that any sample over 10 micrograms in a millilitre is a positive test.
The drug is a stimulant, although it would take more than a couple of spoons of cough syrup to get him pulling shapes on the dancefloor to Kenny Dope & The Bucketheads.
You can't help but feel sorry for Kenny, but you have to fear for him. If Rio Ferdinand was handed an eight-month ban for going shopping in Deansgate (and, to be fair, forgetting to take a dope test), then Kenny must be punished for actually failing one.
Warnock may be right in calling him "a bit daft" and asserting he is "definitely not a cheat", but a 31-year-old international should know better than to take any remedies without consulting the club physio first.
Kenny gave the offending sample following a play-off semi-final match against Preston. United went on to reach the Wembley final, where they lost to Burnley.
North End may now be considering whether or not to take legal action, what with Kenny's undeniable effect on the result of a potentially lucrative result.
The Blades of course doggedly pursued West Ham over the Carlos Tevez affair, which left a nasty taste in the mouth and a serious dent in the club's reputation. Still, that £20m compensation probably softened the blow somewhat.
It will be interesting to see if any other clubs publicly support Preston. When the Tevez registration issue first came to light Wigan, Fulham and other relegation-threatened clubs came out vowing to support whoever went down, until the Blades' fate was sealed and suddenly it all went a bit quiet on that front.
Even if Preston decide not to go down the road of legally right but unpopular court action, they won't be doing United any favours by selling them their own keeper, Andy Lonergan, as cover.
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