Duff Has Allergy And Associated Drug Problems

The Football Association of Ireland has contacted FIFA and UEFA, to ensure that Damien Duff does not inadvertently break any drug rules in football.


Damien Duff – has allergy problems

The Republic of Ireland winger is in need of special medication to combat allergy problems he has with pollen, and thankfully the Football Association of Ireland has moved quickly in an attempt to ensure he does not fail any drug tests, because of it.

The FAI may have to give Duff, what would in other circumstances, would be banned substances.

Duff was ruled out of Ireland’s May friendly with Colombia this summer, after a severe attack of sinusitis and the Irish medical staff could not treat the problem effectively.

That was of course without breaking football’s list of banned substances, so the decision was taken not to play Duff in that game at all.

However, with key World Cup qualifiers coming up, the Ireland assistant manager Liam Brady says action has been taken to ensure there is no repeat of that situation.

Brady explained yesterday at a press conference also attended by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni:

“Damien has allergy problems and there are only certain things that he can take that are permitted by UEFA and FIFA”

“Before the match against Colombia, he came down very badly with a type of sinusitis and was very weak.”

“He woke up with it the day before [the] game and he was really struggling.”

“What we want to do is make sure that if that problem arises again we can give him the proscribed medicine without any problems.”

We’re surprised this situation hasn’t come up earlier than now, and it will presumably be a situation that Newcastle United may also have to face, and presumably may have already had to face.

The FAI has done exactly the right thing to get this straightened out before it makes big headlines in the gossip papers.   Good job as far as we are concerned.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1


  • dingo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #2

    “Before the match against Colombia, he came down very badly with a type of sinusitis and was very weak.” …. hahaha… its like a Tino excuse!! lol

  • Slam Dunc

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Well a drugs ban is about the only thing we haven’t got a player out with at the moment.

    And Keegans saying no signings for 2 weeks at least in his latest interview:


  • ObaFan2

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    dingo, 😆

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Poor fella seems to get injured from everything

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Not one for making predictions re signings, however I’ve just had a text from my uncle who is in Bolton on business and the word is Diouf is a done deal.

    He’s never told me anything before so he has no reason to lie. Just thought i’d let you guys know, whether it’s right or not time will tell

  • brownrob

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I dont particularly mind us not getting players in time for the new season, I just want them to be the RIGHT players.

    I think even with 4 quality players we are going to struggle against Man U at OT, I think we have enough to see off Hull, then Arsenal… well yeah… maybe we will have some in by then so we can try for a point!

    4 points after 3 games would be a good return

  • Malaysian Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Only a Newcastle player could come up with stuff like this.
    i.e. Owen and his mumps related swollen testicle. LOL

  • gonufc

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #9

    I hope not Stantos!! Diouf is surely the opposite of what we want, incosistent, lazy, egotistical and a complete %@£$!! We already wasted money on Barton, don’t want a player to now get banned for spitting!

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #10

    mmmm…. i’m not sure about him tbh, i know he’s a pain in the ass but perhaps KK could get him sorted. He’d be a good squad player and could do a job i think

  • DanToon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    I hope it’s not true i proper hate Diouf, he’s a mardy little sh*t!

  • Petey

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #12

    rofl dingo….

    awww poor damien was weak!

  • Greg B

    Jul 26, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Off subject – to the posters who voted that Owen should take a pay cut to stay at Newcastle, do you have jobs?
    Would you take a pay cut because I know I wouldnt, fair comment he is on a kings ransom but at the end of the day if we want top player we have to pay top wages, pay peanuts and we will get poor players. I accept there is exceptions to the rule and you can pick up some very good players on small wages, but it isnt long before they want more. On the other hand I think Owen could be worth his wage demands, he is a top striker when fit, unlike players such as Marcelinho (who I believe has been doing a bit of scouting for Leeds United! Honestly, its true) who have never done anything, played in the EPL, or just simply arent worth anything like what we paid them.
    Just my point of view, a pay per performance deal would be a good option but I re-itterate, why should he take a pay cut?

  • Stantos

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #14

    my view on Owen is simple – We must keep him at all costs and that can be applied to Oba also !!!

  • Chris F

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #15

    Greg, actually Marcelino works for Liverpool as a scout now, not leeds.

  • JonGoodwyn

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Bassong strating in the back 4, I guess this will be the test to see if we keep him?

  • Leo

    Jul 26, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    a better title would have been

    duff the crazed drug addict asks for help

    well thts the sort of title the sun would have made

  • toonoholic

    Jul 26, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #18

    so thats why chelsea sold him up for cheap !

  • simon P

    Jul 26, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Fair enough, Owen won’t take a pay cut, but he should not get paid if he’s not playing.
    If we are off work for an extended period of time, WE don’t get full pay. We get statutory sick pay(peanuts).

    Offer this deal to Owen.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #20

    I really rate Diouf, creatie on the wng or through the centre + can be 4th striker and he can actually score.

  • Toon raghav

    Jul 26, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #21

    I knew duff was on drugs how or how else could he score hatrick.bothe of them ,MA & co. & himself are very naughty drug addicts.Especially MA he cant simply breathe without it.MA has spend all our money on his drug love hence we dont have any transfer money.

  • reillers

    Jul 26, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #22

    No man, no player, is bigger then the team, that includes Owen. We shouldn’t move hell and earth to try and keep him here. He’s not done much to warrant a big pay check to be honest, he’s brought Newcastle on a wee ride. Injured, poor form..etc and after we get him fit and right and looking good he wants either more money or out the door. No player is bigger then their team. No exceptions, I don’t care how big he was, or what a big name he has.

    As for Duff, poor wee lad never has it easy does he. I think that it’s a joke that there’s only some things he can take which is permitted. It’s come up a lot in the case of asthma with rugby players. More then a wee few times have they been in trouble for the inhaler they used. But like they need to be able to breath. Health should always trump regulations. When I say that, I mean to an extent like. But so many times at like Olympics, people get banned because having taken something that the doctor prescribed them. It’s a joke.

  • Evan

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Diouf would be a great player for Newcastle and Kevin Keegan… always positive (in his play) and always going forward, running at the defense, trying to make something out of nothing. Of course he’s a whiny and seemingly discontent constantly, but he’s playing at Bolton, a team full of babies in Kevin Davies, Nicky Hunt, and the late Nicholas Anelka and Ivan Campo. It’s only commonplace at the Reebok…

  • Dan

    Jul 27, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #24

    hey i know this isnt relevant but does anyone know if there is a nufc supporters club in new zealand?

  • T Bagger

    Jul 28, 2008 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #25

    He’ll of been on the ephadrines. They’re Anti asthmatics/ appetite supressants. He’s lost a load of weight and they give ya an enormous amount of energy… both common side effects , i take em before 5 a side and a bag full of goals is also an unfortunate side effect :p


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