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TNS boss Mike Harris says Rhyl's title win was meaningless in the wake of the Moran affair [Keith Williams/Sportpixs]
SAINTS' boss Mike Harris says Rhyl's Welsh Premier championship victory was "meaningless" in the wake of Andy Moran's positive test for Nandrolone.
An angry Harris said last night: "As far as we're concerned, it was a meaningless season. It's devalued Rhyl's title."
The TNS managing director has stopped short of calling for Rhyl to be stripped of the championship, but has suggested that any prize money they won should be returned and given to charity.
Moran's second sample showed positive on 28 April, but delays in arranging his hearing - which saw him plead guilty and receive a seven-month ban - allowed the Rhyl striker to continue playing.
In the games after the FAW first knew he had tested positive for the banned and performance-enhancing substance, Moran played 10 times and scored 11 goals, including the late winner against TNS in the 'title decider' at Belle Vue on Easter Sunday.
Moran has denied he took nandrolone deliberately, but Harris believes Rhyl gained an unfair advantage by being able to include him in their side after he failed his test.
"He scored the only goal of the game with just a minute or so left against us and in subsequent games he scored more important goals, some in the last few minutes of the game," added Harris.
"This particular drug is linked with extra stamina, so it does have quite a large bearing on the outcome of the league and cup."
Harris has called for the FAW to toughen up its stance on drugs and to impose an immediate ban on any player who fails a test in future.
But Welsh Premier secretary John Deakin says it is not FAW policy to impose an immediate ban on a player for failing a drugs test, with the individual being innocent until proven guilty.
28 July 2021
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