Adelaide United’s Ken Ilsø has been provisionally suspended under FFA’s anti-doping policy.

The Dane was tested on the 27th of January 2019 with the A sample he provided returning a positive reading for traces of a metabolite of cocaine; a substance which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Code and under the FFA’s anti-doping policy.

Under the governing body’s policy, Ilsø has been provisionally suspended and can’t take part in any A-League matches or in any other sport which complies with WADA’s codes and statutes.

Ilsø has the opportunity to have his B sample analysed before any further action is taken.

Adelaide United released the following statement:

Adelaide United advises Ken Ilsø has been provisionally suspended by Football Federation Australia (FFA) under its National Anti-Doping Policy.

“Adelaide United fully supports the policies of FFA and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA),” Adelaide United Chief Executive Officer, Nathan Kosmina, said.

“We have and will continue to work proactively with both organisations and provide necessary support to Ken as due process is undertaken.

“As the matter currently sits with FFA and ASADA for investigation, we are not able to comment further.

“Nevertheless, Adelaide United recognises the significance of the matter and wants to ensure our members, fans, and stakeholders that we will treat this with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.

“We ask that commentary on this situation also shows sensitivity to the issues involved.”

Ilsø has also commented on this situation via the PFA:

“To all my fans, team mates, friends and family. I have been notified by the PFA regarding the Adverse Analytical Finding. I am working closely with the PFA regarding my situation and awaiting the results from the B test.

“Until these results are received I cannot make any further comments. I would like to thank the PFA for their support in this testing and frustrating situation.

“To our fans, please ensure the focus is on the team. It is a critical time in our season and they need you most of all.”

The PFA has offered Ilsø all necessary legal and wellbeing support.

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