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WC winner Papu Gomez banned for doping

WC winner Papu Gomez banned for doping

Papu Gomez in action for Sevilla earlier this year.

ITALY: Argentine World Cup winner Alejandro “Papu” Gomez has been given a two-year ban for failing an anti-doping test, his Italian club Monza announced Friday.

Gomez tested positive last October while playing for Sevilla, shortly before joining the Argentina squad that went on to win the World Cup.

AC Monza announced on Friday, 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 statement said.

The club said the presence of terbutaline, a drug taken to calm a bronchospasm crisis, was found in the player’s sample. The forward made two appearances for Argentina as Lionel Messi led the country to its third World Cup title in Qatar in December.

Gomez was on the bench when Sevilla won the Europa League final last season, and he and the club agreed to terminate his contract in September. He joined Monza three weeks ago as a free agent and has played in two Serie A matches - without scoring - since returning to Italy.

A former captain of Atalanta, Gomez helped the Bergamo club to a string of successful seasons before a falling out with coach Gian Piero Gasperini that led him to leave for Sevilla in January 2021. Gómez is the second Serie A player involved in a doping case this season. Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba tested positive for testosterone.

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