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NZ soccer player under investigation

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/05/2016

All Whites midfielder Clayton Lewis is under investigation by Drug Free Sport NZ, and won't be available for international selection until the process is complete.

New Zealand Football said a "potential adverse analytical finding" was discovered in a sample collected while Lewis was playing for Auckland City FC in an ASB Premiership match in February.

It suggested the 19-year-old had a high level of Ventolin (salbutamol), a common asthma drug, in his system.

The drug was prescribed to Lewis by a doctor to treat long-standing asthma symptoms.

Although the cause of the elevated levels is being investigated by Drug Free Sport NZ, Lewis isn't currently subject to any disciplinary proceedings or playing suspension.

However, New Zealand Football said in a statement that while the investigation is being completed, Lewis won't be available for international selection.

Lewis, who made his All Whites debut last year, was named in the New Zealand squad for next week's Oceania Nations Cup in Papua New Guinea.

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