Real Madrid deny report Sergio Ramos failed doping test after Champions League final against Juventus in 2017


The Spain skipper is alleged to have tested positive for dexamethasone, a prohibited drug, after the Cardiff showpiece

Real Madrid have denied claims Sergio Ramos failed a doping test after the 2017 Champions League final.

The German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged that the Spain and Real captain tested positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone.

The Spanish side have publicly backed their skipper

The Spanish side have publicly backed their skipper

The report claimed Ramos’ positive test was subsequently ruled to be an ‘administrative mistake’ by UEFA, with the Real Madrid club doctor said to have made an error on the paperwork after the report was filed.

Real, however, have quickly moved to insist there was no breach of rules.

A statement from the Spanish giants read: “In relation to the information published by Der Spiegel referring to our captain Sergio Ramos, the club states the following:

“1. Sergio Ramos has never breached the anti-doping control regulations.

The Real Madrid captain celebrates with goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo

The Real Madrid captain celebrates with goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo

“2. UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.

“3. Regarding the rest of the content of the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence of its insubstantial nature.”

UEFA said: “All UEFA doping control cases are conducted in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

“UEFA has informed both Wada and Fifa of all such cases as required by the Wada Code and UEFA has provided all detailed information, expert reports and evidence during the handling of such cases.”

In April of this year, Ramos is also reported to have refused to provide a urine sample after a game against Malaga.

What is dexamethasone?

Dexamethasone is a cortisone preparation with an anti-inflammatory effect in addition to relieving pain.

It also increases cognition and concentration and can have a euphoric effect, meaning it is on the list kept by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of substances that are prohibited in competition.