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FC Cincinnati star Fanendo Adi cited for operating vehicle while impaired

Mar 17, 2019; Cincinnati, OH, USA; FC Cincinnati forward Fanendo Adi (9) against the Portland Timbers at Nippert Stadium. (Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports)

CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati may be without star striker Fanendo Adi beyond a return from injury.

Adi was cited for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (OVI) by the Ohio State Highway Patrol early Sunday morning, according to a joint statement by FCC and Major League Soccer.

A state trooper pulled Adi over for a speeding violation around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. Court documents show the player is accused of traveling 102 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate-75 in Butler County, north of Cincinnati. He was subsequently given a breathalyzer test during the traffic stop. Adi’s blood-alcohol level was shown to be .124. The legal blood-alcohol limit in Ohio is .08. In addition to speeding and OVI violations, Adi was also cited for not possessing a valid license. 

The 28-year-old will immediately enter the league’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Program for assessment. He will be barred from all team activities until that assessment is complete and he is cleared by the program’s doctors. The league will also complete an independent review of the citation.

“FC Cincinnati takes these matters very seriously and upon learning of the incident, immediately reached out to Major League Soccer and local authorities,” the statement said. “The club will have no further comment until that investigation is complete.”

The team’s first designated player, Adi has missed the last two matches with an ankle injury sustained against Portland March 17. When asked about Adi’s absence at training Tuesday, FCC coach Alan Koch said the player was completing his rehabilitation indoors and would be reevaluated. 

The Nigerian striker has yet to score in his two 2019 appearances. However, he did register three goals in nine matches playing for FCC last season in the second-tier USL.

Adi’s continued absence will be felt hard by his club. FC Cincinnati currently only features two other forwards on their senior roster. Jamaican Darren Mattocks started Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Philadelphia. Argentine attacker Emmanuel Ledesma is currently nursing an injury. Cincy also has multiple forwards on loan to other clubs, though it’s unlikely any will be recalled. 

FC Cincinnati’s next match is Sunday at 3 p.m. ET against Sporting Kansas City

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