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FOOTBALL: FIFA provisionally suspends Reggae Boy, official over doping issue

Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2013 | 3:09 PM

Football's world governing body, FIFA, has announced that a Jamaican international footballer and a Jamaican team official have been provisionally suspended following a doping offence.



FIFA made the announcement on its website a short while ago.



It said the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has provisionally suspended the footballer and the team official for an initial period of 30 days.



FIFA also noted that the suspension decisions were communicated to the Jamaica Football Federation today.



At the same time, FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings, following an adverse analytical finding returned after the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier played in Tegucigalpa, Honduras on June 11.



"Following the provision of the 'A' sample result, which tested positive for a prohibited substance mentioned on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2013 prohibited list, the player waived his right to have the 'B' sample analysed," FIFA said.



The player and the official have until August 12 to inform FIFA whether they wish to request a hearing.



"Irrespective of whether or not the player and the official request a hearing, the player, the official and/or the Jamaican FA have until August 19 to submit a statement to FIFA, together with all related and supporting documentary evidence," FIFA said.



However FIFA has not named the footballer or the official consistent with its Anti-Doping Regulations.



FIFA says it can only release the names, the prohibited substance and the consequences imposed after it has been determined in a hearing that an anti-doping violation has occurred.



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