Ramadan Sobhi facing 4-year suspension after testing positive for doping

Pyramids FC’s star Ramadan Sobhi could be suspended for up to four years after testing positive for doping.

The former Al Ahly and Stoke City player has been suspended temporarily by the Anti-Doping Organization until the hearing session, which will be held on June 6th.

Sobhi was forced to miss his side’s last game against El-Gouna and was even withdrawn from the Egypt squad for the June international camp due to the decision.

Speaking of the decision, Sobhi’s lawyer Hany Zahran said: “Two samples were taken from the player last August. The first sample was atypical, and the second was negative.

“We rely on the result of the second sample because if there was any intention of manipulation by Ramadan, he would have manipulated both the first and second samples.

“A player of Ramadan’s caliber is threatened with a four-year suspension, depriving both Egypt and the club of his services, if we cannot lift the injustice off him.

“We will go to the greatest extent to prove Ramadan’s innocence, even if it means going to the international sports court,” he added.

Ramadan Sobhi has made 22 appearances for Pyramids FC this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in 22 games helping the team sit top of the Egyptian Premier League table.

The 27-year-old has been plying his trade in Egypt since January 2019, initially joining Al Ahly on loan from Huddersfield Town, before joining Pyramids a year-and-half later.