Clayton Failla provisionally suspended after positive doping test

Hibernians and Malta international defender Clayton Failla has been provisionally suspended by the Malta Football Association after testing positive in a doping test after a Euro Cup match last June.

The doping test was carried out by the National Anti-Doping Organisation which was officially launched recently after the Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport was recognised as the National Anti-Doping Organisation by the World Anti-Doping Agency back in 2009.

NADO has a “registered testing pool” that includes athletes at National and International levels that can be asked, at any time, to submit themselves to be tested. Test may also be carried out on any athletes participating in sports competitions. All tests will be sent abroad to be checked in WADA approved centres.

The sanction on Failla will be taken by the NADO’s Disciplinary Panel and not by the Malta Football Association since it is the former organisation which carried out the doping test.

The substance Clayton Failla tested positive for is found in over-the-counter anti-flu medicine.

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