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Friday 31, Jul 2015

  Brazil Midfielder Failed Drug Test During Copa America

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Brazil midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos, known popularly as Fred, failed an anti-doping test during the Copa América in Chile earlier this summer. The 22-year-old, who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine, played in the first two group stage games against Peru and Colombia before he was stopped for the final group match against Venezuela and quarter-final defeat to Paraguay. Fred was later replaced in the team lineup by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

Fred was included in the 23-man Copa America roster of Dunga after Wolfsburg midfielder Luiz Gustavo was ruled out with an injury ahead of the start of the tournament. Brazil crashed out after it lost to Paraguay on penalties and this was the country’s quarterfinal stage exit for the second straight year in Chile.

After being handed his full debut in the Selecao’s 2-0 victory over Mexico, Frederico Rodrigues Santos remarked he was targeting a regular place in the team but that would be a distant dream now. Last year, the 22-year-old Fred made his Selecao bow in two substitute appearances in the November Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour wins over Turkey and Austria. This month, Fred scored in second-half injury time to give Fluminense a 2-1 win at Atletico Paranaense to keep the Rio de Janeiro club close to the Brazilian league lead. The Brazilian midfielder scored with a diving header three minutes into stoppage time at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba to leave Fluminense with 27 points and marked the sixth win in seven matches for Fluminense, two behind leader Atletico Mineiro.

According to reports in Brazil, Fred’s samples showed traces of the diuretic Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a prohibited substance that is commonly used for masking agents for others. The second test’s result will be released shortly and Fred could face a lengthy ban if his second sample is positive. Hydrochlorothiazide is used for controlling cardiovascular problems and other hypertension syndromes.

In another development, Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu admitted he went against the wishes of UEFA in fielding midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos in the Champions League qualifier on Tuesday despite being aware of a likely doping violation hanging over the Brazilian international. The Shakhtar Donetsk coach decided to start with Fred in the 0-0 draw at Fenerbahce in the first leg of their Champions League third qualifying round. Lucescu dismissed the concerns of UEFA claiming he had yet to receive confirmation of any violation. He added UEFA advised us not to include him before the game but we had not received any official documents and this was just a verbal recommendation.

The coach went on to remark that the banned substance may have been administered to Fred when he was on international duty. Lucescu said he believes the Brazil team doctor should be responsible for things like that and went on to say that he does not think a guy who can run 13 km per game needs pills but he will avoid commenting on the issue further until the results of the second test are known.

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Saturday 28, Jun 2014

  Luis “Habitual Offender” Suarez Banned

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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, one of the Premier League’s best strikers, has been suspended from all football-related activity for four months. This decision was announced by FIFA, the world governing body of football, after the Uruguayan footballer who plays as a forward for English Premier League club Liverpool was found guilty of biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

The Mexican referee refused to look at Chiellini’s shoulder despite vigorous objection from the Italian players. After the match, Chiellini told Sky Sports Italia Suarez is a sneak and he gets away with it because FIFA want their stars to play in the World Cup. Chiellini added he did love to see if they have the courage to use video evidence against him and added the referee saw the bite mark too, but he did nothing about it.

Suarez is suspended for nine matches and banned him from any football-related activity for four months besides a fine about $112,000. Suarez will also not be able to enter the stadium for the knockout-round match of Uruguay against Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, or any soccer stadium during his four-month suspension. He will miss nine English Premier League matches for Liverpool, three each in August, September and October and also could miss one match in the League Cup and three Champions League matches.

Claudio Sulser, who serves as chairman of FIFA‘s Disciplinary Committee, remarked such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field. Sulser added the Disciplinary Committee took into account all the factors of the case and the degree of Suarez’s guilt in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Code and the decision comes into force as soon it is communicated. FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce, who also presides as head of the organization’s referees committee, said he is seriously disappointed with the actions of Suarez. Boyce remarked he had watched the incident several times on television and added there is no doubt Luis Suarez is a fantastic footballer but, once again, his actions have left him open to severe criticism.

Teammate Diego Lugano said the British media has a vendetta against Suarez, and everyone knows that and added it is obvious the vendetta sells newspapers in England.

The 27-year-old has already been banned twice in his career but those offenses happened in club-level games. Suarez was suspended seven games for biting PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal on the shoulder while playing for Ajax in the Netherlands in 2010. He was suspended for 10 games in 2013 while playing for Liverpool in England for biting Chelsea’s Branislov Ivanovic on the arm. Suarez was also criticized for deliberately handling the ball at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa on the goal-line to deny Ghana a place in the semifinals of the World Cup. Uruguay went on to finish third in the tournament. Suarez was suspended for eight games in 2011 and fined 40,000 pounds by the English Football Association after he made racially abusive remarks toward Manchester United’s Patrice Evra, who was born in Senegal.

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