Dinamo Zagreb have confirmed that their Macedonian midfielder Arijan Ademi failed a doping test after the club’s extraordinary victory against Arsenal in the Champions League.
Zagreb beat the Gunners 2-1 on 16 September after the Croatian side capitalised on the sending off of Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud.
However, that result has now been thrown into uncertainty after Zagreb confirmed via their own official website that Ademi had failed a drugs test after the game and was being investigated by UEFA.
Zagreb refused to give the exact details of Ademi’s case but admitted they were “surprised” by the player failing the test.
The statement reads as follows:
“Due to a positive doping test after the Champions league match Dinamo – Arsenal, UEFA instigates disciplinary proceedings against Arijan Ademi.
Our players are constantly under doping control, especially during the UEFA competitions, and this is the first time we are facing a situation like this one.
We are surprised because Ademi was selected for doping control six times this year and results were negative every time, as well as results of every other player who was selected for doping control by UEFA or Croatian Anti-Doping Agency.
During a disciplinary procedure GNK Dinamo is not allowed to make any statement. We will inform you about the progress of this situation.”
Dinamo also spoke out about the matter on social media, Tweeting the following which translates to “After the doping control procedure opened by UEFA against Ademi.”
— GNK Dinamo (@gnkdinamo) October 7, 2015
Zagreb currently hold joint-second place in their group with Greek side Olympiakos, as after they recorded their victory against Arsenal they were thoroughly beaten 5-0 by Bayern Munich.
Ademi also played against Bayern during that match, however it is unclear whether he was tested following the final whistle on that occassion.
Arsenal of course sit bottom of the group after back-to-back defeats against both Zagreb and Olympiakos – throwing Arsene Wenger’s outstanding record of qualifying for the last 16 into serious jeopardy.
The north London side will be hoping to get back on track when they face Bayern at the Emirates on October 20.