GAA player who failed drug test named and banned for two years

Thomas Connolly has been named as the Monaghan player who faield a drug test
Thomas Connolly has been named as the Monaghan player who faield a drug test

Monaghan's Thomas Connolly has been hit with a two-year ban by the Irish Sports Council for failing a drug test last month.

Connolly, who was on the fringes of the Monaghan panel, was found to have Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, in his system when he was visited by out-of-competition testers on February 13.

Here is the statement from the Irish Sports Council in full:

"The GAA and the Irish Sports Council jointly announce that the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee determined that player Thomas Connolly has committed an anti-doping rule violation.

"Thomas Connolly, a GAA player from Monaghan, has been sanctioned by a period of ineligibility of 2 years commencing on the 18th March 2015 - the date on which he was provisionally suspended by the GAA, subject to rights of appeal within 21 days under the Irish Anti-Doping Rules. This was a reduction from the standard period of 4 years' ineligibility because the GAA Anti-Doping Hearings Committee was of the view that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional, under article 10.1.3 of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules. In an out of competition doping control test on the 13th February he provided a sample which tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance, 3'-hydroxystanozolol glucuronide (Stanozolol).

"The hearing was held on under Article 8 (Disciplinary Process) of the Irish Anti-Doping Rules and this announcement is made pursuant to Article 15 (Public Disclosure) of the Rules."

In evidence Connolly said that he did not know that the drugs, given to him by a work colleague to ease soreness after returning to the senior panel, were on the banned list.