AFCON: FIFA bans Ivory Coast Goalkeeper for failing drug tests.
FIFA bans Ivory Coast Goalkeeper for failing drug test. Sylvain Gbohouo tested positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication that the World Anti-Doping Agency categorises as a stimulant. Ivory Coast will be without their first choice goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo at the Africa Cup of Nations finals after he failed a drugs, the Ivorian Football Federation said. Gbohouo, who plys his trade in Ethiopia with Wolkite City, had been banned by FIFA after testing positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication that the World Anti-Doping Agency categorises as a stimulant. The announcement was made by the Ethiopian Football Federation on the eve of the tournament but the Ivorians included him in their squad for the Cup of Nations anyway, hoping to have the ban lifted after offering an explanation. “Early last year, we asked Sylvain to do an eye exam, as goalkeepers often do. He did it in Abidjan. The doctor who examined him prescribed medication. Sylvain took the medication in March, but since then he has stopped,” said Ivory Coasst coach Patrice Beaumelle. “We were told of the result on December 27. There were traces of the molecule in his urine. We provided the prescription.” But FIFA’s disciplinary committee has told the Ivorian the suspension is confirmed and allowed 20 days to tender a formal appeal, Ivorian officials confirmed. The Ivory Coast play their opening Group E game against Equatorial Guinea in Douala on Wednesday.
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