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RHYL SHOULD HAVE SUSPENDED MORAN
TNS boss Mike Harris says Rhyl should have suspended Moran after his B sample proved positive [Keith Williams/Sportpixs]
ANDY Moran's positive test for Nadrolone could have cost TNS the Welsh Premier title.
The Rhyl striker, who netted 47 times in all competitions last season, scored the crucial last minute goal that settled the Easter Sunday clash at Belle Vue.
That was almost six weeks after the FAW knew that Moran had tested positive for the performance enhancing drug after a league game with Afan Lido.
But although he believes Rhyl's season is now badly tarnished, TNS boss Mike Harris is not interested in seeing Rhyl punished by a points deduction, even though it would hand the championship to Saints.
"That would mean nothing to us," he said. "But I do believe that Rhyl should make some kind of gesture and donate their Uefa Champions League fee to charity."
He also says the Belle Vue club would have been wise to suspend Moran as soon as they realised there was a problem.
"You have a moral and legal obligation to protect your organisation from potential damages," he said.
"If we had faced a similar situation we would have suspended the player immediately at the 'B' sample stage to protect our club from possible future action."
Three days after the first positive test result, Moran scored an extra-time hat-trick to send Cwmbran out of the Welsh Cup.
He stayed in the Rhyl line-up until the end of the season, scoring a goal in the 2-0 title winning game at Porthmadog and a further hat-trick in the 4-0 Challenge Cup final win over Carmarthen.
His penultimate game of the season was in Rhyl's victorious Welsh Cup side against TNS, two weeks after his second sample had confirmed him to be 55 times over the acceptable limit for a banned substance.
27 July 2021
 
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