The semi-final between Germany and France at Euro 2016 was arguably the most interesting match of the tournament and it ended with a victory for the French national squad.
However, despite the fact the Euro ended with France losing in the final, it seems that people in Germany are still quite unhappy about their team being eliminated in the semi-finals. The German paper Bild published an article in which they accuse the French squad, or at least some players, taking performance-enhancing substances. The pictures have been taken by their journalists after the end of the semi-final.
Bild state that someone has used the medicament Guronsan, which albeit not banned, is an “effervescent formulation containing energy enhancing ingredients and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to assist the body in overcoming fatigue”. Moreover, Bild have shared the opinion of an expert in doping, Professor Fritz Sorgel, who has stated the following regarding the case:
“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.”