AFL draft prospect Michael Randall, who trained with Fremantle last pre-season and played for Peel Thunder in the WAFL, has tested positive to a banned substance and been provisionally suspended.
The West Australian Football Commission confirmed Randall had been issued with notice of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code.
It is alleged the 21-year-old midfielder tested positive for phentermine, a banned substance found in weight loss products, in an in-competition sample provided following a WAFL match against West Perth in July.
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Randall has been on the radar of several AFL clubs, according to The West, having trained with the Dockers before the 2021 season in an effort to be selected in the pre-season supplemental selection period.
He now awaits a tribunal hearing which will determine his eligibility to play in all competitions next year.
“The West Australian Football Commission confirms that Peel Thunder player, Michael Randall, has been issued with notice of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code which applies to all Australian Football competitions including the WAFL and is administered by the AFL,” the WAFC said in a statement.
“It is alleged that a sample provided in-competition by Mr Randall tested positive for Phentermine which is classified as a Non-Specified Substance (class S6a. Stimulants, prohibited in-competition only) under the World Anti-Doping Code’s Prohibited List 2021.
“The AFL has imposed a Mandatory Provisional Suspension on Mr Randall, which prevents him playing matches and participating in team training, pending the determination of the matter including further investigation by Sport Integrity Australia.
“In accordance with strict confidentiality obligations imposed by the Code, no further comment will be made by the WAFC, Peel Thunder, AFL, SIA or Michael Randall at this time.”