The Munich public prosecutor is investigating suspected doping against ice hockey professional Yannic Seidenberg. The 39-year-old defender from the DEL club EHC Red Bull Munich is accused of violating the anti-doping law, as a spokeswoman for the public prosecutor confirmed on Friday. “The investigation is still ongoing,” she said in a written statement. The process is expected to take a few more weeks to complete. First, the Bavarian radio had reported about it.
As the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) announced, Seidenberg was found to be taking testosterone during a doping test. Nada requested a four-year ban for the former international, who won Olympic silver with the DEB selection in 2018. However, Seidenberg did not accept the ban. “Nada is currently preparing the arbitration claim before the German Sports Arbitration Court,” it said. Seidenberg’s lawyer Rainer Cherkeh rejected the allegations. There is no violation of the anti-doping law. “Because the prescription of medication by the doctor was based on a medical indication,” explained Cherkeh. With a view to possible doping controls, Seidenberg also instructed the doctor “not to prescribe him any substances that are prohibited according to the prohibited list”. The EHC had suspended Seidenberg last September.