Football: Barnsley player fails drugs test

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The Barnsley defender Dean Jones has become the latest player to fail a drugs test. The 20-year-old becomes the first player at a Premier League club to go before a Football Association commission after testing positive for a performance- enhancing substance.

Jones, yet to feature in the first team at Oakwell but a regular in the reserves, tested positive for traces of amphetamine in a random test at the club's training ground on 27 October. He has been charged with misconduct by the FA and was immediately suspended with the agreement of Barnsley pending his appearance before a disciplinary commission, likely to take place within the next few weeks.

Amphetamine use is viewed seriously by the FA, having been proven to enhance both speed and endurance. Jones has 14 days to respond to the charge.

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