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5 footballers who were punished for smoking marijuana

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Modified 11 Jul 2017
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#3 Ibrahim Tanko

Fussball: DFB Pokal 04/05, SC Paderborn-SC Freiburg : News Photo
Tanko scored a measly five goals in 106 games for Freiburg

Ibrahim Tanko was just 17 when he made his league debut for Borussia Dortmund, but the Ghanian forward was unable to kick on from there to become a regular and it was a positive drugs test in late 2000 that brought his career at the Bundesliga side to a close.

Tanko, then 23, tested positive for a compound of tetrahydrocannabinol, an active ingredient of marijuana, after a German Cup match against Dortmund’s local rivals Schalke 04. By the time the result was confirmed following the analysis of a second sample, he had moved on to Freiburg, where he served the four-month ban (in addition to a fine of $7,000) handed out to him by the German Football Association.

The Kumasi-born player was never able to live up to his early promise thereafter. Injuries and a goal-shy record of five goals in 106 matches for Freiburg eventually saw him drop out of contention before retiring from the game at 30.

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Published 11 Jul 2017
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