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Concacaf player among two banned for doping in World Cup qualifying

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2022 | 12:10 AM

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP):

FIFA HAS handed out four-year doping bans to two players who tested positive for banned substances during qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

FIFA said in a statement yesterday that El Salvador forward Erick Alejandro Rivera tested positive for the steroid clostebol after a 3-0 loss to Canada on September 8, 2021, while Sabri Ali Mohamed of Djibouti tested positive for testosterone following a 4-0 loss to Algeria on November 12.

El Salvador and Djibouti both failed to qualify for this year’s tournament in Qatar.

Both players had been provisionally suspended.

FIFA said Rivera is banned from all matches until October 5, 2025, while Mohamed is suspended until January 11, 2026.