CSKA Moscow and Finland midfielder Roman Eremenko has been banned for two years after testing positive for cocaine, UEFA said on Friday.
European soccer’s governing body said Eremenko had failed a doping test following CSKA’s 2-2 Champions League draw against Bayer Leverkusen on Sept. 14.
“The analysis of the A sample revealed the presence of cocaine and its metabolites,” UEFA said in a statement on their website (www.uefa.com).
Eremenko was originally banned for 30 days in October, although no reason was given for the suspension at that time.
The midfielder, 29, had scored a 38th-minute equaliser against Leverkusen as CSKA fought back from two goals down to snatch a draw.
“The club is going to appeal the decision together with the player,” CSKA said in a statement.
Eremenko is a key player for Finland, who have lost all of their three World Cup qualifiers since he was suspended.
The Finnish Football Association issued a statement expressing disappointment with the player.
“A use of narcotics can not be accepted in any circumstances,” General Secretary Marco Casagrande said.