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Keita Balde set to miss Senegal’s World Cup campaign after breaching anti-doping policy


Sep-19 07:20 first published at 07:20 AM

Senegal’s Keita Balde is set to miss the World Cup in Qatar due to a global doping ban… after the Spartak Moscow star violated protocol while playing for Cagliari. Senegal winger Keita Balde tested positive for drugs in April for former club Cagliari, but the 27-year-old is still suspended. The ban on Spartak star is in effect immediately and will last until early December. For the most recent World Cup 2022 news and updates, visit this page. Published: 02:36 EDT, September 19, 2022 | Updated: 02:36 EDT, September 19, 2022

Keita Balde will miss Senegal’s World Cup campaign in Qatar this winter after violating international anti-doping policy.

The winger was summoned for a drugs test after Cagliari, the Italian club he left in the summer to join Spartak Moscow, lost 5-1 to Udinese in April.

The 27-year-old returned a negative result, but Spartak confirmed in a statement on their website that Balde had still been adjudged to have broken protocol and had thus been suspended by the Italian National Anti-Doping Court. Keita Balde will miss Senegal’s World Cup campaign after violating the anti-doping policy. After his former club Cagliari lost 5-1 to Udinese in April, the winger was summoned for a drugs test. The suspension is in effect immediately and will last until early December, with his country’s three World Cup Group A matches all taking place in late November. ‘Midfielder Keita Balde has been suspended by the Italian National Anti-Doping Court until December 5 due to a doping violation while playing for Cagliari,’ according to a Spartak statement. Keith’s sample that day revealed no banned substances. However, in accordance with the disciplinary code, any doping-related sanction imposed by another national or international sports association, national anti-doping organisation, is automatically accepted by FIFA and must be recognised by all confederations and associations.’ As a result, the sanction imposed by the Italian Anti-Doping Organization is subject to RFU approval. The ban is in effect until early December, keeping Spartak Moscow’s star out of the Qatar group stages. ‘Under the terms of the disqualification, the player will be able to resume training no earlier than 22 days before the sentence expires.’ Balde’s 38-minute substitute appearance for Spartak earlier this month in the 2-1 loss to Zenit St Petersburg will thus be his only chance to play for his new club until early December, but he can return to training 22 days before his ban expires. Aliou Cisse’s men, who finished third in the 2018 World Cup group stage, will face Holland, Qatar, and Ecuador in their three group matches this time. In their three group games, Aliou Cisse’s men will face Holland, Qatar, and Ecuador. Balde, however, is not the only player facing a ban from playing in Qatar, with the Byron Castillo case still pending. The FIFA appeals committee rejected Ecuador’s bid to be kicked out of the tournament on Friday, dismissing Chile’s claim that Castillo is actually Colombian and thus ineligible to play in Ecuador’s World Cup qualifying games. Earlier this week, Sportsmail published an audio recording of Ecuador international Castillo revealing birth details that matched his Colombian birth certificate. However, the decision means that Ecuador will still compete in the World Cup in Qatar later this year. Chile, who had hoped to take their place, has insisted on taking the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Despite Bryon Castillo (pictured) admitting to being born in Colombia, Ecuador has retained their place in the World Cup.

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