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The English players’ union PFA supports Paddy Kenny in his search for a reduction of the ban he received for failing a drug test. The goalkeeper of Sheffield United has lodged an appeal against his nine-month ban.


Kenny tested positive for ephedrine after last season’s play-off semi-final against Preston North End in the Championship on May 11th. In September a FA disciplinary panel accepted that the 31-year old goalkeeper did not take the drug deliberately, but inadvertently consumed it via a cough medicine.


Still, the Irish international has to serve a 9-month suspension, which commenced on July 22nd. Under FA rules, Kenny is also not allowed to train with Sheffield United or any other club. He will only be able to play the two last remaining games of the current season.


Kenny’s appeal will take place on October 20th and will be attended by John Bramhall, deputy chief executive of the PFA. The goalkeeper hopes he can reduce his ban in order to play more games for Sheffield and to claim a place in Ireland’s national team, if the Irish succeed to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.