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Sheffield United have suspended goalkeeper Paddy Kenny after he tested positive for a banned drug, the club have confirmed.

Kenny is now facing a possible ban after a urine sample he provided following a play-off semi-final match against Preston in May tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine.

A Sheffield United spokesman said: "We can confirm Paddy Kenny has been suspended by the club. This is an ongoing, confidential matter and as such we are unable to comment further."

The Republic of Ireland international will now be subject to a disciplinary inquiry by the Football Association and faces a range of possible sanctions from a reprimand up to a two-year ban.

Ephedrine is on the list of the World Anti-Doping Agency's specified substances but is contained in some cold cures and a positive test does not carry the usual automatic two-year suspension.

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I've had a drink with their team a few seasons ago now, at an all nighter. Kenny was there then, and they were taking quite a few recreational supplements. Enough to make an elephant feel trippy...

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You may have noticed that Sheffield United have suspended goalkeeper Paddy Kenny for failing a drugs test.

The Guardian reports the sample Kenny provided after their playoff semi-final with Preston in May came back positive, which leads RJ to wonder if Preston will get in touch with their lawyers.

After all, we can't have ineligible players involved in important games now, can we Sheffield United?

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Neil Warnock has called for his former goalkeeper Paddy Kenny to be treated leniently following the Republic of Ireland international's positive drugs test.

Kenny has been suspended by Sheffield United after testing positive for the stimulant ephedrine in a urine sample given after the Blades' play-off semi-final against Preston in May.

Warnock, who managed Kenny during his spell in charge at Bramall Lane, told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Anybody who knows Paddy will tell you he wouldn't have done this deliberately.

"He's a smashing lad but can be a bit daft and because of that he can get himself into situations, and unfortunately this could be the biggest of the lot.

"There does seem to be a feeling that the FA will be looking to make an example of somebody but I hope it's looked upon as a genuine mistake and he only receives a minimum ban.

"He is definitely not a cheat."

Kenny, 31, will now be subject to a disciplinary inquiry by the Football Association and will face an independent regulatory commission.

Most drug offences uncovered by in-competition tests carry an automatic two-year ban but ephedrine is a "specified substance" under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, which means there is the potential for a more lenient punishment - possible sanctions range from a reprimand up to a two-year suspension.

It is understood that Kenny will insist the ephedrine entered his system through some cough mixture he took before the match - the stimulant is contained in some cold cures.

FA disciplinary chiefs will need convincing, however, that was the case, and that there was "no significant fault or negligence".

Since 2007, four rugby players - two from rugby union and two from rugby league - have all been served with two-year bans after testing positive for ephedrine.

In three of those cases, the players involved knowingly took ephedrine tablets before a match. In the fourth case the player claimed he took a tablet believing it to be the cold cure Sudafed, which does not contain ephedrine, but was still given a two-year ban.

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SHEFFIELD United chairman Kevin McCabe will mount a passionate defence of the club's policy in the transfer market when he faces supporters at Bramall Lane this evening.
The Brussels-based property magnate is expected to be grilled on a number of issues, including the sale of Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker to Tottenham Hotspur, during a hastily-arranged question and answer session.

Walker's return on loan is expected to be rubber-stamped when England Under-19s complete their European Championship campaign in Ukraine after officials at White Hart Lane sanctioned the move.

Despite using the money raised to fund the arrival of Ched Evans, Ryan France and Keith Treacy, United's hierarchy are aware the departure of two promising young talents has polarised opinion on the terraces.

Kevin Blackwell, United's manager, made no attempt to disguise his disappointment when news of Spurs' interest was confirmed.

However, after leading them to the Championship play-off final last season, he is confident than United can once again emerge as a force to be reckoned with when they begin their latest quest for promotion at Middlesbrough next week.

"I'm pleased with all of the lads we've brought in," said Blackwell, who has also signed Lee Williamson, Kyel Reid and Andy Taylor.

"They've all acquitted themselves well so far.

"We've done well in our warm-up games and I'm impressed with the lads attitude, application, movement off the ball and passing. Overall we're looking quite sharp.

McCabe's Q&A takes place against a backdrop of furious activity behind the scenes as coaching staff attempt to ensure Evans and Darius Henderson are passed fit for the August 7 trip to the Riverside.

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny will not discover his punishment for failing a drugs test on Tuesday after the Football Association agreed to postpone his disciplinary hearing.

Kenny, who tested positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine after his side's Championship play-off semi-final against Preston in May, was due to learn his fate on Tuesday but his agent requested more time to prepare for the case.

An FA Spokesman said: "We have agreed to the delay and no new date for the hearing has been set at the moment.

"The reason the hearing has been postponed is that Paddy Kenny's representative asked for more time to prepare for the case."

The Blades keeper was suspended by the Yorkshire club last month and the FA could ban him for anything between six months and two years.

It is understood that Kenny will insist the ephedrine entered his system through some cough mixture he took before the match - the stimulant is contained in some cold cures.

FA disciplinary chiefs will need convincing, however, that was the case, and that there was "no significant fault or negligence".

Since 2007, four rugby players - two from rugby union and two from rugby league - have all been served with two-year bans after testing positive for ephedrine.

In three of those cases, the players involved knowingly took ephedrine tablets before a match.

In the fourth case the player claimed he took a tablet believing it to be the cold cure Sudafed, which does not contain ephedrine, but was still given a two-year ban.

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Reading midfielder James Harper has joined Championship rivals Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old saw a move to Premier League side Wolves fall through last week but has been allowed to move to Bramall Lane after falling out of favour with new manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers said: "James has been a wonderfully loyal servant to this football club but, with only one year remaining on his contract, his loan move to Sheffield United probably brings his time at Reading to an end.

"He's been first class over the course of the summer and has great respect for what we're trying to do here, but we both agree it is time to move on.

"James has gone to a football club that will be good for him and he goes with the best wishes of everyone at the club."

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Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been suspended from football for nine months by the Football Association following a failed drugs test.

The Irish international failed a drugs test following last season's play-off semi-final clash with Preston North End.

The 31-year-old tested positive for the prohibited substance Ephedrine and he was charged under FA Rule E25 in relation to Regulation 2 of The FA Doping Control Programme Regulations.

He was suspended upon confirmation of his initial test on July 22, and he will now not be allowed to participate in any football until April 22, 2010.

The FA Regulatory Commission confirmed that although Kenny had 'on the balance of probability' not intentionally taken the substance - which is believed to have come from a cough medicine - they could not overlook the offence.

"The Regulatory Commission considered carefully the evidence and the submissions from both parties. Whilst we found that the Player satisfied us on the balance of probabilities that the substance was not taken with the intention of enhancing sporting performance, his admitted conduct displayed significant fault," chairman Christopher Quinlan stated.

"A professional sportsman including a football player has a strict responsibility to ensure prohibited substances do not enter his/her body.

"In this instance Mr Kenny knowingly ingested an over-the-counter medicine above the prescribed dosage without reading the accompanying package or leaflet and without reference to his club's doctor or other medical staff.

"It is incumbent upon all professional footballers to understand the perils and dangers of so doing and to act in the way he did, contrary to the Doping Control Programme delivered by The FA and in any event what should be a matter of common sense for a professional sportsman, showed in our judgment a complete disregard for those responsibilities."

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Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell has described Paddy Kenny's nine-month ban for taking a banned substance as 'harsh', with the Championship club now weighing up their options.

Traces of banned substance ephedrine were found to be present in a routine sample of Kenny's urine taken after the Blades' clash with Preston in May 2009.

The Republic of Ireland international admitted the charge and a Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday adjudged the offence serious enough to mete out a nine-month ban, back-dated to 22nd July when the Football Association's ban took effect.

Kenny's manager Blackwell spoke after the ruling and admitted the club's legal team is now assessing the options available to them.

He told Sky Sports News: "We know Paddy's not a drugs cheat and they've accepted that.

"We're just considering our options. We think nine months for a mistake out of a medicine chest seems harsh.

"This case shows that before a player takes anything out of his medicine cabinet he has to check it intently.

"We'll consider our options. It was a long day and at the end of it they accepted it wasn't taken to enhance sporting performance.
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"If you've got a bad chest and you take something to relieve pain it isn't going to make you quicker, faster, taller.

"There's no two ways about it the players now have to take responsibility for their lives, their actions, with the new wider regulations. A player can be pulled over the coals, anywhere, at anytime, if they're on holiday or wherever."

Blackwell accepts it will be some time before Kenny comes to terms with the length of his suspension.

"He's devastated; to lose any time in your career is particularly hard. Paddy's gone home and we'll have a long chat and see what we can do," he concluded.

"My thoughts go with Paddy. To do something as innocuous as that and to get such a harsh punishment, it'll take him a while to get over it."


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Epherdrine can be found in some Nasal Sprays can it not? I know I'm using a completely farcical film as my basis for that but it sounded like one of it's more plausible ideas.

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Epherdrine can be found in some Nasal Sprays can it not? I know I'm using a completely farcical film as my basis for that but it sounded like one of it's more plausible ideas.


I think it's more cough medicine where Epherdrine is found. According to the pharmacist on the radio this morning as far as he knew it was only available on prescription so they don't know how he got hold of it.

If you're a pro sportsman you shouldn't be taking anything without getting it checked by the club doctors you'd think it was obvious. Although the fact this drug can be used as a fat burner and around the time he got caught he appeared to be slimmer than ever might suggest that maybe he was using it.


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I think it's more cough medicine where Epherdrine is found. According to the pharmacist on the radio this morning as far as he knew it was only available on prescription so they don't know how he got hold of it.

If you're a pro sportsman you shouldn't be taking anything without getting it checked by the club doctors you'd think it was obvious. Although the fact this drug can be used as a fat burner and around the time he got caught he appeared to be slimmer than ever might suggest that maybe he was using it.

It really wouldn't be hard for Paddy Kenny to be "Slimmer than Ever", I'm sure he's from the Andy Reid School of Dieticians.

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It really wouldn't be hard for Paddy Kenny to be "Slimmer than Ever", I'm sure he's from the Andy Reid School of Dieticians.


True but you have to admit the slight coincidence that in the months leading up to his failed drugs test he'd burnt off a lot of body fat and was looking rather slim and it just happens that said drug aids weight loss.


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Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has described Paddy Kenny's drugs ban as "a tragedy" but insists the Sheffield United goalkeeper's career is far from over.

Kenny, 31, has been banned for nine months by the Football Association and faces an uncertain future after traces of the banned substance ephedrine were found in urine samples taken in May.

The Republic of Ireland international told an FA hearing yesterday that he took tablets bought at a chemists to help with a chest infection prior to the Blades' play-off semi-final against Preston, but although cleared of cheating was banned until April and will now miss out on his World Cup dream.

Warnock, who plucked Kenny from non-league football when manager at Bury in 1998 and then brought him to Bramall Lane four years later, said: "It's a tragedy, he's a big, softy who's got no malice in him whatsoever.

"Anybody who knows Paddy knows he has just made an honest mistake, so it's a warning to other players, who must learn they can't just go into the local chemist and buy things like cold remedies.

"We had a similar problem with one of my lads this year, it's easily done, but it's so sad for Paddy because he's going to miss out on his World Cup dream."

Kenny, suspended by the Blades in June, is in the final year of his contract at Bramall Lane. He is understood to be considering an appeal, but if that fails will be available for only the last two games of the Coca-Cola Championship season.

Warnock added: "He's not going to play for the Republic of Ireland this season and he'll miss out if they go to South Africa. But it won't stop him getting a club because he's a good goalkeeper. He's the best in the Championship.

"He has nothing to do with drugs or anything like that and people who know him know that. That's why I'm sure Sheffield United will stick by him.

"In some respects his ban could have been two years. There doesn't seem to be any leeway with drugs, but there's no way he could have been allowed to go scot-free either.

"There are rules and he broke them, but it's such a shame for someone like Paddy."

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PADDY KENNY has been tagged 'Benylin Bill' by his Sheffield United team-mates in a bid to buck him up after his drugs ban.

Keeper Kenny, 31 - who bought cough medicine at a chemist to ease a chest infection - has been suspended for nine months after ephedrine was found in his system.


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PADDY KENNY has been tagged 'Benylin Bill' by his Sheffield United team-mates in a bid to buck him up after his drugs ban.

Keeper Kenny, 31 - who bought cough medicine at a chemist to ease a chest infection - has been suspended for nine months after ephedrine was found in his system.


Well that's bound to have cheered him up... well done lads.

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Well that's bound to have cheered him up... well done lads.

Least they weren't biting his Eyebrow off, like his best mate did.

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Marlon has had long standing hearing problems

Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell wants to take Wigan's out-of-favour striker Marlon King on loan to fire his promotion push.

Blackwell is a big fan of the hit man who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough and Hull City after falling out with Steve Bruce at Latics.

And the Blades chief thinks King would be ideal for him if Wigan will let him go without any guarantees of a permanent buy - because he cannot afford his wages.

King wants to get some action this season and he is unlikely to figure under Roberto Martinez's new regime - but Wigan want any club taking him on loan to pay a big part of his salary.

Newcastle United have asked about King but failed to strike a deal, leaving the Bramall Lane outfit as the new favourites to land him.


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Sheffield United boss Kevin Blackwell is backing his players to thrive in the derby cauldron when arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday come to Bramall Lane on Friday night.

The Blades conceded their unbeaten Championship record on Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat at Coventry, but Blackwell says there is no better game for his players to respond than in the Steel City derby.

"People talk about 'bouncebackability' and that's what we want to do now," Blackwell told the Sheffield Star.

"I shouldn't have any problems getting the lads up for this one. Everyone knows what it's all about and what's at stake.

"The one thing I can always count on getting from my lads is 100% -that they'll give absolutely everything."

United centre-back Matthew Kilgallon, still suffering from the chest infection that ruled him out of the trip to the Ricoh Arena, is a major doubt and after missing out on the loan signing of Zurab Khizanishvili from Blackburn, Blackwell admits he is still looking for new recruits.

He added on the club's official website: "The top clubs in the Championship are all wanting the same few players that are available, but I won't sign just anybody for the sake of it."

The Owls completed the double over their neighbours last term, and another win tonight would bring the sides level on 12 points.

The visitors have lost twice in seven games this season, to Premier League dropouts Middlesbrough and Newcastle, and manager Brian Laws insists he is pleased with his team's start to the campaign.

"We've only been beaten by two of the top teams in Middlesbrough and Newcastle, who have wage budgets of £70m and £30m against our £6m so that's the reality of the situation," he told Wednesday's official website.

He added: "Sheffield United will give us a different kind of game, they are very strong, powerful and direct. They have had a really good, solid start."

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