Anchester City beat Liverpool in the Community Shield match held on Sunday (04/08).
Man City won on penalties with a score of 4-5. In normal time until the extra round, the two teams drew 1-1 after Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 12th minute was answered by Joel Matip in the 77th minute.
But there is one thing that is in the spotlight on the match. Man City did not include the name of the Algerian National Team player, Riyad Mahrez, in the match that was held at Wembley Stadium. Though the former Leicester City player has returned from vacation and joined the team.
After the match, Man City manager Pep Guardiola revealed Mahrez’s reasons for not being part of the team that night.
It turned out that Mahrez was actually ready to play, but Pep suspected the player was using doping. Pep did not play Mahrez for fear that his player failed the doping test.
“Riyad [Mahrez] contacted me after becoming [African Cup] champion with Algeria and he said he wanted to come back in 10 days to play against Liverpool. I said he would be welcomed by us, ” Pep said as quoted by Goal .
“But we don’t know what medication he is taking, so today’s doping control will be a risk for him. The team doctors don’t know, that’s the reason he wasn’t played [against Liverpool]. “
Keep in mind, not a few footballers who do not know that the performance enhancing drugs they consume actually contain prohibited substances for athletes. In 2016, French defender Mamadou Sakho was convicted of consuming fat burning drugs . Meanwhile, the former Man City player, Kolo Toure, was sentenced to 6-month ban for consuming his wife’s diet pills .
Pep has also been suspected of using doping while still a career as a player. In 2001, when he was just starting his career with Brescia, he was positive using an anabolic steroid type nandrolone which was prohibited by athletes. Although later the FIGC could restore the name of Pep Guardiola who actually did not use doping, but the man from Spain had served a suspended sentence for 4 months.
It seems that because of this experience Pep was worried that Mahrez was also accidentally taking doping.
Mahrez is currently not completely safe from the threat of doping tests. Because of this, Pep began to worry that the player City bought for 60 million could be free of doping in a short time.
“Someone who lacks rest, but can get a lot of minutes to play [in the African Cup]. We could not risk it because the doctors did not know what exactly he was taking or what was happening. We hope, the next match against West Ham and in the future, everything will go normally. “