The 21-year-old defender, who joined Hamburg in 2021, had tested positive for performance-boosting substance EPO.
“All analysis show a clearly visible find of a substance foreign to the body that is EPO, even if it is in reduced amounts,” said Stephan Oberholz, head of the DFB sports court.
He said Vuskovic’s A and B samples had been tested repeatedly. The results were also confirmed by other doping experts outside Germany and the player “could not deliver the proof of a wrong doping find.”
Vuskovic’ first offence and the small amount of EPO meant this was not a case of systematic doping, the DFB said.
Given the player’s young age combined with the impact that a long suspension could have on his future career development, the DFB opted for a two-year ban and not a longer one.
Hamburg said they would appeal the decision.
The player, who has made 16 second division appearances this season and scored two goals, had provided a urine sample in September last year and his suspension was backdated to start on Nov. 15, 2022.