ZURICH: A member of the Tahiti squad thrashed 8-0 by Uruguay at the Confederations Cup in Brazil last month has been suspended for an initial, provisional 30 days after having failed a dope test.
The player or substance have not been named by world federation FIFA whose disciplinary commission acted on the test report. The sample was taken after the minnows’ game in Recife on June 23.
The player has been offered the opportunity to request a full hearing though he has apparently waived his right to await a test on a B sample.
This is the third high-profile doping case this year. FIFA banned Peru midfielder Joel Sanchez for two years in March after he tested positive for a banned stimulant after a World Cup qualifier in Bolivia last October.
Then, last week, the Jamaica football federation said one of its players failed a doping test after a qualifier in Honduras in June.
A FIFA statement on the latest case said:
The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended a Tahitian international footballer for an initial period of 30 days and opened disciplinary proceedings, following an adverse analytical finding in relation to a doping control conducted after the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 match played in Recife on 23 June 2013.
Following the provision of the “A” sample result, the player waived his right to request the analysis of the “B” sample.
The decision by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was duly notified to the Tahitian Football Association on 31 July. The player has until 8 August to inform FIFA whether he wishes to request a hearing.
Irrespective of whether or not the player requests a hearing, the player and/or the Tahitian Football Association have until 15 August to submit a statement to FIFA, together with all related and supporting documentary evidence.
The decision to provisionally suspend the player was taken in accordance with articles 38ff of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations. By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
In line with article 74 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, only after it has been determined in a hearing that an anti-doping violation has occurred may FIFA publicly report the anti-doping rule violated, the name of the player who committed the violation, the prohibited substance and the consequences imposed.