Gabigol is suspended for two years;  They accuse him of trying to cheat in an anti-doping test – La Opinion

Gabigol is suspended for two years; They accuse him of trying to cheat in an anti-doping test – La Opinion

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Gabriel Barbosabetter known as “Gabigol” was sanctioned this Monday with a two-year suspension, accused of obstructing an anti-doping control on April 8, 2023 at the Flamengo training center, according to the Rio de Janeiro club.

The time of the sanction began to run on April 8, 2023, so Gabigol will not be able to play until “April 2025”, meaning he will miss this entire 2024 campaign and the preseason of the following season.

Flamengo stated in a note that it “became aware” of the result of the trial, which by 5 votes in favor and 4 against, opted to punish the former Benfica and Inter Milan player.

Failurefor which there is an appeal, is from the Brazilian Sports Anti-Doping Justice, which framed the 27-year-old footballer “for attempted fraud in any part of the process” of a test.

The Rio club stated that it received the ruling “with surprise” and that it will “help” its player when he presents an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports, as it understands that “there was no type of fraud, or attempt, that justifies the sanction applied.” ”.

“Gabigol” faced a total of four years of suspension, accused of violating the Brazilian Anti-Doping Code for “fraud or attempted fraud of any part of the control process.”

According to the complaint of the Sports Justice Prosecutor’s Officethe striker did not respect the protocols for carrying out a test and even disrespected the agents in charge of collecting the samples that day of the Flamengo players.

The Brazilian international did not want to take the exam before trainingas established by the regulationshe went to lunch and only later agreed to take a urine test, which he also submitted irregularly, according to the complaint.

The episode occurred one day before the second leg of the 2023 Carioca Championship final, which Fluminense won 4-1 against its biggest rival, at the start of last season.

Even though the test result was negativethe Anti-Doping Justice has considered that the way of acting of the player trained at Santos fits within a attempted fraud.

The sentence is known on the eve of Flamengo, led by former Brazilian coach Tite, playing the final of the Carioca Championship against the modest Nova Iguaçu. The first leg will be next Saturday and the second leg is scheduled for April 7.

*With information from EFE.

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