NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Ukraine forward Artem Biesiedin has been banned from soccer for one year in a doping case, UEFA said Tuesday.
The ban ends on Dec. 19, leaving Biesiedin clear to play at the postponed European Championship in June 2021.
The 24-year-old Biesiedin scored in the last game of Ukraine’s qualifying group in November — a 2-2 draw at Serbia.
Less than two weeks later, Biesiedin tested positive for a banned stimulant while playing for Dynamo Kyiv after a Europa League game against Malmo, UEFA said.
The stimulant, Fonturacetam, is described in scientific journals as being “developed in Russia as a stimulant to keep astronauts awake on long missions.”
Biesiedin was provisionally suspended by UEFA in December, and