major-league-soccer-steroidsAfter nine years of testing for anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Soccer finally netted violators.

New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Jon Conway and defender Jeff Parke each received a 10-game ban after testing positive for androstatriendione and boldenone. Androstatriendione is actually a metabolite of the anabolic steroid boldenone.

The duo was also fined 10 per cent of their salary. The Associated Press reported that Conway makes $115,000 US this season, while Parke has a base salary of $57,488. The two players are also banned from participating in other competitions while serving their suspensions.

“MLS has one of the strictest drug policies in professional sports and holds its athletes both responsible and accountable for what they put into their bodies,” commissioner Don Garber said. “This is an important statement as to the high standards to which we hold our players.”

MLS has adopted testing for performance-enhancing substances in 1999.

According to MLS, the positive test results was due to the players’ use of over-the-counter supplements obtained from a vitamin store that is part of a national chain.

Eric Stover, the team managing director, expressed his regret over the doping incident. “This is a sad day for our club and our fans,” Stover said. “We are extremely disappointed that Jon and Jeff have tested positive for a substance banned by MLS’s policy.”

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