Deco may sue rio lab and wada

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled that former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco has been cleared of a doping offence. This announcement was made after CAS ruled that his test was mishandled by the Rio de Janeiro laboratory that has since been suspended.

In a statement, Deco said both WADA and LADETEC are responsible for the error if there was a mistake. He noted that the Rio laboratory was still accredited by the anti-doping agency when he was tested. The doping conviction “may have helped anticipate” the end of his illustrious career, said Deco. The football star was given an initial suspension of one month in early 2013 by the sports tribunal of Brazil but was banned for a year after he had retired. Deco remarked he lost contracts and a lot of things due to the doping controversy and this cannot happen because of a mistake. The Brazilian footballer added he will talk to his lawyers and will decide what to do.

Deco added he knew exactly what he did in his entire career and he had never used anything that was prohibited. The 36-year-old said he knew that it was either a mistake by the pharmacy that produced the vitamins that he took or a mistake in the analysis of the urine.

Capped 75 times by Portugal, Deco allegedly tested positive for two banned substances in early 2013 after playing in a Rio State Championship match for Fluminense. The 36-year-old playmaker’s samples were retested in Lausanne. This was after Rio lab claimed that his samples contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that is used for masking the presence of other drugs and Tamoxifen that can be used to prevent or eliminate the side effects of anabolic androgenic steroids.

Last August, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) laboratory that is also known as LADETEC, was suspended last August after it failed to meet the International Standard for Laboratories (ISL). The Rio laboratory was suspended in 2012 from conducting isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) testing on samples after it falsely reported that Brazilian beach volleyball player Pedro Solberg Salgado had tested positive for Testosterone.

It was remarked by CAS that it could not be established that Deca has committed an anti-doping rule violation. Lausanne laboratory director Martial Saugy said the samples of Deco arrived in Switzerland in an unusual container and that the chain of custody cannot be guaranteed.

FIFA will have to fly doping samples to Switzerland for testing during the World Cup because of the problems with LADETEC.

The retired Brazilian-born Portuguese professional footballer who last played for Fluminense is credited as one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs – FC Porto in 2004 and FC Barcelona in 2006. He received the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball and the Man of the Match award in the final despite losing to Internacional. He played for Portugal at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and for European clubs sides Barcelona, Chelsea, and Porto.

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