Scotland's already dwindling chances in the World Cup were further reduced on Monday (5 June) with the news that Willie Johnston had been banned from the competition after a positive dope test result.
Scotland's already dwindling chances in the World Cup were further reduced on Monday (5 June) with the news that Willie Johnston had been banned from the competition after a positive dope test result. The Scottish Football Association Secretary Ernie Walker announced that Johnston would not be able to take any further part in the World Cup, nor in any future internationals. Johnston finally admitted taking the stimulant before Scotland's match against Peru on Saturday (3 June), but initially he had denied all allegations.
SYNOPSIS: Team spirit was very much down after the Saturday defeat, but at a party for players, officials and press in Cordoba on Sunday, they appeared to have forgotten their troubles. Team manager Ally MacLeod refused to comment on the initial dope test result. Before leaving Scotland for Argentina, he had said Johnston was perhaps the man who could lead the team to win the World Cup. Johnston's career to date has been punctuated with cautions and suspensions for various reasons, but his ability has never been questioned. After Saturday's match, he and Kenny Dalglish had been chosen at random for a dope test, in accordance with the World Cup rules.
But when he was asked about his reaction to the first positive result, Johnston was still adamant that he had not taken anything he shouldn't have before the match against Peru.