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Sports court suspends Brazilian striker Dodo for two years

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 11 Sep 2008

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it had suspended Brazilian striker Dodo for two years for testing positive for amphetamines.

The Lausanne-based CAS said in a statement that it upheld the appeals by football's world governing body FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after Dodo had been exonerated by a Brazilian probe.

Dodo, 34, will now be suspended for a two-year period which runs until November 7, 2009 to take into account the time he has already been suspended, CAS said.

He tested positive for fenproprex after a drugs test on July 14 2007 after a match between his then-side Botafogo and fellow Rio team Vasco da Gama, but claimed that the caffeine capsules he used had been contaminated.

Brazil's highest sports court cleared him of doping but this was immediately appealed by FIFA and WADA in September 2007.

“The CAS found that that the objective presence of fenproprex in the player's urine samples constituted an anti-doping rule violation,” the court said in a statement.

Dodo now plays for another Rio side, Fluminense, and CAS said that the decision would not have any impact on the results of the team in this period.

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