FIFA World Cup 2022: Saudi Arabia drops doping-case participant from squad

Saudi Arabia on Sunday dropped Fahad Al-Muwallad from its World Cup squad as a “precautionary measure” after the winger was initially included regardless of failing a doping check earlier this yr.

The 28-year-old, who performs for Saudi membership facet Al-Shabab, examined optimistic in February for the banned drug furosemide, which can be utilized as a masking agent to stop the detection of anabolic steroids.

Al-Muwallad was banned for 18 months by Saudi anti-doping authorities however, in line with Saudi media stories, that ban was subsequently lowered, clearing him to take part within the World Cup in Qatar.

It’s understood that call was referred by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) to the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport, with CAS but to make a ruling.

The Saudi crew stated on its Twitter feed that “after reviewing the newest developments within the WADA enchantment” and following consultations with Saudi attorneys, coach Herve Renard had determined to exclude Al-Muwallad as a “precautionary measure”.

Renard has introduced in midfielder Nawaf Al-Abed, who additionally performs for Al-Shabab, as a alternative for Al-Muwallad, who was additionally suspended in 2019 over a earlier doping case.

Saudi Arabia open its World Cup marketing campaign towards Argentina on November 22.


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