Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has strongly denied a doping infraction following a claim that he breached the rules after the 2017 Champions League final.
Ramos was called in by doctors following the 4-1 win over Italian side Juventus in Cardiff, but German magazine Der Spiegel claim that he failed to declare he had taken dexamethasone before the game.
It is legal to take the anti-inflammatory substance, however, UEFA have to be notified prior to any involvement in a fixture and it is now being investigated that was not the case.
Ramos has now reacted to the claims, saying that his reputation is being tarnished and reports are a ‘lie’.
“It is true that it hurts, and obviously I will come out with my legal team against these people, who try to stain my status and my professional career,” he said in a statement.
“After 15 years, I have never refused an anti-doping test, I have never breached any procedure and I have passed around 250 to 300 tests.
“When you know the truth, you can act with a lot of tranquillity. You can tell the lie many times over but it is still a lie.”
“In relation to the information published about me across a number of different media outlets, I would like to clarify the following – I am vehemently opposed to doping.
“I have never participated, nor will I ever participate in, nor have I consented to, nor will I ever consent to, any form of doping.”
Further reports in Der Spiegel claimed that an unnamed doctor wrote a letter to UEFA saying that he had wrote the wrong drug on the doping report after testing Ramos.
Testers were reportedly told that the Spanish international was taking injections of betamethasone in his left knee and left shoulder rather than dexamethasone which was not declared at the testing stage.
Ramos explained the Cardiff incident as follows: “I received a standard medical treatment administered by the club’s medical professionals. The matter was clarified and resolved formally and in writing between the organisations.”