Deco doping ban scrapped

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iol spt pic Deco AFP/Getty Images Brazilian-born Portugal player Deco has been cleared of doping because of faulty testing by a lab. Photo: NICOLAS ASFOURI

Lausanne - Brazilian-born Portugal player Deco has been cleared of doping because of faulty testing by a Rio de Janeiro laboratory which has since been suspended from World Cup duty.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says a settlement between Deco, the Brazilian football federation and FIFA annulled his one-year ban imposed last September.

The lab is further discredited after being suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency last August.

It was dropped from World Cup testing, forcing FIFA to fly samples to Lausanne.

The case against Deco collapsed when his samples were re-tested in Lausanne.

The CAS ruling says: “It could not be established that (Deco) has committed an anti-doping rule violation.”

The 36-year-old retired player allegedly tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide and tamoxifen in early 2013.

Sapa-AP


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