Sep
05
2007
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Lifetime ban for Jose Carmona

On 16 May 2007, the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) imposed a life ban on Mexican international Jose Salvador Carmona Alvarez in strict compliance with the FIFA regulations on doping.
Having already tested positive for the anabolic steroid, stanozolol, in June 2005 prior to his national team’s departure for the FIFA Confederations Cup, an offence for which he received a one-year ban from the Mexican football association (FMF), Carmona tested positive for the same substance once again in January 2006.
Due to breaches of procedure, the FMF then failed to impose a lifetime ban on the player as required under FIFA regulations in the case of a second doping offence. Although FIFA considered this decision incorrect, it was subsequently confirmed by a Mexican national court of arbitration.
As a result, FIFA requested WADA to exercise its right to lodge an appeal with CAS and contest the FMF’s decision before that body. CAS subsequently overturned the FMF’s decision and banned the player for life with immediate effect. FIFA welcomes this decision, which strictly adheres to its regulations on doping and upholds its view that a life ban should be pronounced in the case.