The Spain anti-doping agency have decided to close the doping investigation against Russian and Valencia forward, Denis Cherychev.
Cheryschev who was part of the Russia team that reached the quarter-final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, was suspected to be involved in doping following his stellar performance where he scored four goals at the tournament.
His father Dmitri had raised the dust when he told Russian media that his son had taken an injection containing growth hormone to treat an injury which prompted the Spanish anti-doping agency to open an investigation towards the winger.
A spokesman from the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport confirmed the closure of the case according to a statement from Reuters.
“The AEPSAD has closed the investigation, the decision has been communicated to the player, the Russian anti-doping agency and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA)”.
Cherychev who had earlier debunked the allegations said, ” I have never used any prohibited substances and you don’t even have to think twice about it,’ he said during the World Cup.
He also took to his official Twitter account to confirm the closure of the investigation against him and also shared the letter sent to him.
“Dear Mr Cheryshev,
I am writing in order to inform you that together with the World Anti-Doping Agency and due to the information published in the press about an alleged use of prohibited substances in sport during your time as a player at Villarreal, an investigation has been carried out that concluded with not finding evidence of irregular behavior.
Thank you for your collaboration.
Jesus Munoz-Guerra Revilla
Head of the department of prevention and control of doping
The Russian Football Union (RFU) said at the time that the treatment the player received had been a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection which is legal and said the journalist had incorrectly interpreted Dmitri Cheryshev’s words.