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Fédération Internationale de Football Association

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Wednesday 31 July 2013, 15:43

Tahitian player provisionally suspended for prohibited substance

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended a Tahitian international footballer for an initial period of 30 days and opened disciplinary proceedings, following an adverse analytical finding in relation to a doping control conducted after the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 match played in Recife on 23 June 2013.

Following the provision of the “A” sample result, the player waived his right to request the analysis of the “B” sample.

The decision by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was duly notified to the Tahitian Football Association on 31 July. The player has until 8 August to inform FIFA whether he wishes to request a hearing. Irrespective of whether or not the player requests a hearing, the player and/or the Tahitian Football Association have until 15 August to submit a statement to FIFA, together with all related and supporting documentary evidence.

The decision to provisionally suspend the player was taken in accordance with articles 38ff of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations. By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

In line with article 74 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, only after it has been determined in a hearing that an anti-doping violation has occurred may FIFA publicly report the anti-doping rule violated, the name of the player who committed the violation, the prohibited substance and the consequences imposed.