Stanley Tests Positive

Posted on March 15, 2007 
Filed Under General Football

I know I’m a couple of days late with this one and I can’t really say anything about it that hasn’t been said elsewhere. But I didn’t want it to pass by without mentioning it. Three stories worth reading on the subject:

It’s a pity that Stan himself hasn’t been allowed to say anything on the subject.

I daresay that anyone who knows Stan or anyone he has represented would simply laugh in the face of this sort of thing. The idea of a player like Stan being a drugs cheat is simply laughable and his old team mates have obviously leapt to the defence of the Perth Glory player.

The problem in these situations is for those who don’t know – or haven’t bothered reading – the circumstances. Those who have just skimmed over headlines wouldn’t get that it’s simply a mix up with certificates and a genuine medical condition. The idea of Stan’s career potentially ending on a scandal like this is a disgrace for a man who has never let club nor country down.

In fact, he’s given more than perhaps anyone to the Australian cause over the years and I find it ludicrous that people such as Harry Kewell are the footballing stars of Australia when it’s players like Stan who did the donkey work in getting them to the World Cup in 2006 after so many failed attempts. It’s a crying shame that he didn’t get at least a substitute appearance in Germany last year.

I’m sure all this will be sorted out and Stan will be back playing for Perth Glory when the new season kicks off. I hope that he’s correctly found innocent and given a damn good apology by someone, whether it be his club, the FAA or the anti-doping agency. He’s clearly done as much as he could to get the TUE and I hope his upcoming case supports that and has him back on the field ASAP.

Stan made 222 appearances for Blues between 1999 and 2006. He scored eight goals and has also been capped 60 times by Australia.


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