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Ryan banned over doping violation

Michael Ryan of National League One club Coventry has been suspended for two years after admitting to an anti-doping violation, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Ryan was issued with the ban by the RFU after testing positive for prohibitive substances 19-norandrosterone - a metabolite of nandrolone - and clenbuterol on May 20.

A disciplinary panel suspended him from June 7 2013, the date of the original temporary suspension, until June 6 2015.

The test was conducted at Ryan's home and the back-row forward agreed to the case being heard on papers without attending in person after admitting to the offence via email.

"It's with regret that I have to admit to the findings," he wrote when asked for his response to the charge by the RFU.

"A few weeks before my sample I was offered some tablets at the gym I use. I was told they were good for bulking up. I never asked much about the tablets but realised they may be prohibited.

"The season had finished and, through stupidity and naivety, I took the tablets.

"A week later I was offered a fat-burning tablet (clenbuterol). I knew this tablet was prohibited but again still took it. I can only apologise for what I've done."

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