ROME: Monza and Argentina forward Papu Gomez has been hit with a two-year ban for doping.

The 35-year-old, who joined the Italian Serie A club on a free transfer at the end of September, was part of Argentina’s World Cup-winning squad last year.

A club statement said: “AC Monza announces that today, 20 October 2023, FIFA has notified the Spanish Anti-Doping Commission of the first instance ruling of the Spanish Anti-Doping Commission against the player Alejandro Dario Gomez.”

The club also said the presence of terbutaline was found in the player’s sample, a drug taken to calm a bronchospasm crisis. It happened in October, 2022 when Gomez was playing for Sevilla.

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