Tottenham Hotspur forward Chioma Ubogagu has been handed a nine-month suspension from the game for an anti-doping violation, the Women’s Super League membership said on Thursday.

Before becoming a member of Spurs in 2021, Ubogagu was prescribed pimples treatment by a personal doctor containing the banned substance spironolactone, which is listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List as a diuretic or masking agent, the membership said in a statement.

“In November 2021, Chioma requested a repeat prescription from the club doctor who alerted the relevant bodies; the FA and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) about the use of a banned substance,” the membership said.

“The FA accepts that Chioma did not take the medication, spironolactone, with a view to intentionally securing an illegal advantage.”

The 29-year-old has been provisionally suspended since January, and last performed for the membership in a 1-1 league draw with West Ham United on January 17.

Her suspension, which was handed out by the FA and an independent tribunal on April 22, will run till October.

“I want to make clear that the medication had no performance-enhancing effects for me,” Ubogagu said in a statement.

“But I nonetheless made the error of not being as diligent as doable, and consequently I’m unable to play the game I love till I serve my suspension.

“While my dermatologist is aware of my profession, it is also my responsibility to know more about the medications I am prescribed.”

Spurs completed fifth within the WSL’s 2021-22 season, which concluded earlier this month.

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