Kenny handed nine-month ban for failed drugs test

REPUBLIC of Ireland international goalkeeper Paddy Kenny has been handed a nine-month ban from all football after failing a drugs test.<br /><br />The Sheffield United shot-stopper was found to have traces of banned substance ephedrine present in his urine following a routine test after the match with Preston in May.<br /><br />Kenny, 31, was suspended by the Blades and then banned by the Football Association ahead of yesterday&rsquo;s Regulatory Commission hearing.<br /><br />Chairman of the Commission, Christopher Quinlan, said: &ldquo;Whilst we found that the player satisfied us on the balance of probabilities that the substance was not taken with the intention of enhancing sporting performance, his admitted conduct displayed significant fault.<br /><br />&ldquo;In this instance Mr Kenny knowingly ingested an over-the-counter medicine above the prescribed dosage without reading the accompanying package or leaflet and without reference to his club&rsquo;s doctor or other medical staff.&rdquo;<br /><br />Kenny&rsquo;s ban is backdated from 22 July when the FA&rsquo;s ban took effect.