Danish footballer suspended for doping in Australia

Adelaide United's Danish forward Ken Ilsø Larsen was suspended Friday after testing positive for cocaine.

Danish footballer suspended for doping in Australia
Ken Ilsø Larsen in his FC Midtjylland days. File photo: Claus Fisker/Ritzau Scanpix

The 32-year-old returned a positive sample for benzoylecgonine — the drug's main byproduct — in January and is now under investigation by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

Football Federation Australia said his provisional suspension was mandatory under its anti-doping rules.

“While it is in place, Mr Larsen is prohibited from participating in the A-League and all other WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority) compliant sports,” it said.

Ilsø Larsen said he was “working closely with the PFA regarding my situation and awaiting the results from the B test” in a statement issued through Professional Footballers Australia.

“Until these results are received, I cannot make any further comments,” he added.

“To our fans, please ensure the focus is on the team. It is a critical time in our season, and they need you most of all.”

The player’s future with the Australian club is uncertain, but Adelaide United stressed the seriousness of the situation.

“Adelaide United recognises the significance of the matter and wants to ensure our members, fans, and stakeholders that we will treat this with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity,” the club said.

Ilsø Larsen left his homeland in 2010 when he moved from Danish club FC Midtjylland to Fortuna Düsseldorf and later Bochum in Germany. He has also played in China, Singapore and Malaysia, and joined Adelaide in June last year.

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‘I’m fine — under the circumstances’: Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital

Christian Eriksen, the Danish football player who collapsed on the pitch in his country's opening Euro 2020 game, said that he was doing "fine" in an Instagram post from hospital on Tuesday.

'I’m fine — under the circumstances': Collapsed Danish striker tweets from hospital
Danish striker Christian Eriksen tweeted a picture of himself in hospital. Photo: DBU

“I’m fine — under the circumstances, I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay,” he wrote in a post accompanying a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs-up while lying in bed.

In a scene that shocked the sporting world and beyond, the 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute of Denmark’s Group B game on Saturday against Finland in Copenhagen.


Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay motionless on the field for about 15 minutes before being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family,” he wrote in Tuesday’s post. “Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark.”