A 16-year-old Premier League footballer has been handed a nine-month ban from the sport after the player breached an anti-doping rule for possession of a banned substance, England’s Football Association said on Wednesday.

The player, whose age and club has been redacted from the report, was found in possession of a “pen-type dispenser” containing growth hormone Somatropin when he was 15 years old.

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The player had also been charged for using the growth hormone but an independent regulatory commission found that claim to be unproven and applied a back-dated nine-month suspension that will conclude on May 7.

“Athletes, their parents and the teams they play for, all have a role to play in helping to keep sport clean,” UK Anti-Doping director of operations Pat Myhill said in a statement.

“This case demonstrates that the…

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