Football athlete receives sanction

3 December 2018

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today acknowledged the decision of Football Federation Australia to impose a four year ban on athlete Matthew Lyell for the use, attempted use and possession of prohibited substances.

Mr Lyell breached the sport’s anti-doping policy for the use, attempted use, and possession of testosterone, and the attempted use and possession of boldenone.

Under category S1 of the World Anti-Doping Code Prohibited List 2016, Boldenone and Testosterone are prohibited both in-and out-of-competition.

Boldenone was developed for use in veterinary medicine and is not approved for human use. The side effects include permanent liver damage, heart problems, aggressiveness and infertility.

Mr Lyell was deemed to have waived his right to a hearing and accepted the sanction. As a result, he is ineligible to participate in any sports that have adopted a World Anti-Doping Code compliant anti-doping policy until 4 August 2020. He is also not permitted to compete in a non-Signatory professional league or Event organised by a non-Signatory event organisation.

ASADA is committed to protecting the right of clean athletes to fair competition. If you are aware of any suspicious doping activity, you can report it anonymously via the ASADA website: or call us on 13 000 27232.

ASADA recommends you check all your substances before you take them on the ASADA Clean Sport app. For more information visit: ASADA tech.