Bild release images of doping substance in France changing room following Euro semi-final

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Three days on from their defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final and France's post-tournament woes could be about to get even worse.

Didier Deschamps' side entered Sunday's showdown as favourites after beating Iceland 5-2 and Germany 2-0 in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively.

However, despite dominating possession, Antoine Griezmann and co. were unable to topple a Portugal side that lost Cristiano Ronaldo as early as the 25th minute.


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The dust has now well and truly settled following their shock defeat yet France now find themselves at the centre of fresh doping claims.

That's what German tabloid Bild would have you believe anyway.

The newspaper have sensationally accused an unknown France player of taking Guronsan - an “effervescent formulation containing energy enhancing ingredients and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to assist the body in overcoming fatigue” - during last Thursday's semi-final clash with Germany.

And they claim to have photographic evidence (see below).

Bild were given access to France's changing room following the game and discovered the empty tube in a cardboard box.

Guronsan isn't a banned WADA substance, of course, but according to expert Professor Fritz Sorgel, it's still a form of doping.

He told the German outlet: "According to the Anti-Doping Code of WADA, any effort to gain advantages over competitors other than through the power of the body is considered doping.

"Guronsan, for me, is therefore doping. Performance can be increased in sport with caffeine. It’s been proven. It also increases the cognitive abilities, which means the speed of response."

France are yet to respond to said claims and, as previously mentioned, the identity of the France player is unknown. This follows on from news that French defender Mamadou Sakho's case has been dismissed by UEFA.

The Liverpool man tested positive for a fat burning substance earlier this year and served an initial 30-day ban upon his failed drugs test coming to light.

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