May 8, 2012
Russian Soccer Player Tests Positive
Former Blackpool striker Sergei Kornilenko has tested positive for a banned substance but is unlikely to face harsh punishment if found guilty of doping offences, Russian Football Union president Sergei Fursenko said Friday. Traces of a banned substance were found in a sample Kornilenko gave after his Krylya Sovetov team won 1-0 at home to struggling Spartak Nalchik in March, Fursenko said. "According to my information, Kornilenko's A-sample doping test came back positive," Fursenko said. Fursenko played down the incident, saying that he believed that Kornilenko had not acted improperly and was unlikely to face a lengthy ban. "As far as I know, there was no intent on the part of the player," he said. "The possible sanctions will not be too harsh. I think that it will be no more than three months." Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA's will test Kornilenko's second 'B' sample and provide the results to the Russian football authorities, who will decide on the length of a possible ban. RUSADA is currently unable to publish the official results of Kornilenko's A-sample because it does not have all the necessary documents, a spokesperson for the agency told RIA Novosti on Friday. Kornilenko played six English Premier League games on loan at Blackpool last season on loan from Zenit St. Petersburg, but failed to score. He joined Krylya Sovetov in August and has since played 18 games, scoring nine goals. Since the game against Nalchik when he gave the positive doping test, Kornilenko has scored five times, with his goals giving Krylya Sovetov wins in their last two games as the Samara side fights relegation. Kornilenko has 52 caps for Belarus and has scored 12 international goals.