• The reigning Austrian top-flight champions have thrown their weight behind the African stars, who were tested positive for banned substances.
    Austrian Bundesliga giants Red Bull Salzburg says that Mali internationals Mohamed Camara and Sekou Koita have returned positive for banned substances.
    Having featured for the Eagles in November’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Namibia, Upon their return, both were tested positive for a substance used for treating altitude sickness which the players’ claim was ordered by the medical staff of the Mali national team.

RB Salzburg maintained that they will cooperate with Uefa and relevant authorities to “obtain a full explanation of events in Mali”.

Despite being “very proud when our players are called up to their national teams,” Salzburg’s general manager, Stephan Reiter, said that he expected “that medical work will conform to international standards, with doctors who are familiar with the rules.”

Thomas Hollerer, the general secretary of the Austrian Football Association, added that the association was in touch with “all stakeholders.”

“If Uefa takes additional measures, the association and the club will be informed,” Hollerer said.

Both players, who featured for the West African team during the 2019 Africa U20 Cup of Nations, grew through the club’s ranks before their promotion to the A team in 2019.


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