Register Login Scores

English Premier League

Pep: Mahrez Not In Community Shield Squad Over Doping Concerns

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that 2019 Africa Cup of Nations winner Riyad Mahrez was not in Manchester City's squad for the FA Community Shield over fears he could have tested positive for doping.

Read: 14 Stars Who Were Forced To Retire Due To Injuries

The Algerian captained his country to their second Afcon title about two weeks ago, but wanted to return early from his holiday to take part in the Community Shield on Sunday.

However, Guardiola confirmed after the match that Mahrez was not in the City squad, which beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties after the game had ended 1-1 in 90 minutes, because he had taken some medicine that could have broken doping rules.

"Riyad called me straight after being champion and say he wants to be back against Liverpool. And I said he was more than welcome," Guardiola said, as quoted by Manchester Evening News.

Click through the gallery below to see Algeria's Afcon winners, who were not born in Africa:

 

"But Riyad took some medicine but we don't know what was in what he took and therefore doping control today was a risk because the doctors did not know what was in the medicine. So that's why he did not play today.

"A guy who rested less but could have played some minutes but we could not take a risk because the doctors didn't have the medicines or exactly what happened and we did not want to risk it."

Read: Mbappe Pushes Neymar Out Of Team Photo?

It remains unclear what medicine Mahrez took and why he did so, but Guardiola seemed confident the player would be available for City's Premier League opener against West Ham United this Saturday.

What do you make of this strange Mahrez news? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

3 comments

Top 5

Done Deals! Chiefs Announce More Signings

264 Jun 20, 2022 09:41 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Official: 9 More Signings Confirmed This Week

1 Jun 24, 2022 10:28 AM in World News

Four In, Six Out In Massive Pirates Shake Up

103 Jun 20, 2022 06:21 PM in Orlando Pirates

The 11 Highest-Paid Players At Bayern After Mane Signing

5 Jun 22, 2022 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

Spanish Coach In Line For Pirates Job?

55 Jun 20, 2022 11:01 AM in Orlando Pirates

The 11 Highest-Paid Players At Bayern After Mane Signing

5 Jun 22, 2022 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

Done Deals! Chiefs Announce More Signings

264 Jun 20, 2022 09:41 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

From A Bird To A Chief: 11 Transfer Deals

8 Jun 21, 2022 09:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

'I Would Arrive At Real Madrid Training Drunk'

2 Jun 20, 2022 07:25 PM in LaLiga

Contracts At Naturena: What Each New Chiefs Player Signed

44 Jun 21, 2022 08:12 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Mane Breaks Silence On Liverpool Exit

7 Jun 22, 2022 09:29 AM in Bundesliga News

Pirates To Make Decision On 7 Loan Returnees

5 Jun 20, 2022 04:19 PM in Orlando Pirates

Report: Lukaku's Chelsea Exit Confirmed

Jun 22, 2022 08:25 AM in English Premier League

Chiefs Target Back In Europe

4 Jun 20, 2022 03:51 PM in Kaizer Chiefs