Sheffield United: Bramall Lane issues Baxter statement

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Sheffield United have issued a statement after Jose Baxter, the League One club’s midfielder, visited the Football Association to explain the circumstances behind his positive drugs test.

Baxter, who was accompanied by manager Nigel Adkins at the governing body’s Wembley HQ this morning, has steadfastly protested his innocence after failing an out-of-competition procedure last season. The former Everton and Oldham Athletic player could be banned for up to six months when the FA delivers its verdict. Alternatively, he could be handed a reprimand.

“The club can confirm that Jose Baxter had his personal hearing on Friday morning in relation to traces of a banned substance being found in a sample following a routine Football Association out of competition drug test,” the statement said. “The outcome of the hearing is expected by the middle of next week.

“Sheffield United will not be making any further comment at the present time.”

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