South Korean Footballer Kang Soo Il Banned 6 Months for Drugs

D-Bo , Aug. 12, 2015, 10:51 a.m.

South Korean football forward Kang Soo-il received a six-month ban for doping from the sport's national federation on Wednesday, about two months after receiving a separate penalty from the top league office.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) handed down the punishment after convening its disciplinary committee. In June, the K League, which governs professional football, said Kang had tested positive for methyltestosterone, a type of steroid. Kang, who plays for Jeju United, later blamed it on mustache-growing cream, and the K League slapped him with a 15-game ban.

Kang had been named to the national team for a two-match road trip in June, but his positive test was announced moments before South Korea was scheduled to play the United Arab Emirates in a friendly in Malaysia. Kang had to leave the national team immediately.

The KFA said the penalty will apply retroactively to June 11, when the positive test was announced. The KFA also took into consideration that Kang didn't take or inject himself with performance-enhancing drugs and that he quickly admitted to his violation. Under the K League's ban, Kang would have been eligible to return to action on Sept. 13. However, with the KFA's overriding penalty, Kang will not be able to play the rest of the pro season.

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