Two international football players will bite the dust for two years due to doping offenses. The Italian player used nandrolone, and the Liberian player apparently used a substance like cortisone.
Italian player Eduardo Carlos Morgado Oliveira was suspended for two years after testing positive during a doping control after the match for third place at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008 between Russia and Italy on 18 October.
The substances found were the two major metabolites of the synthetic anabolic androgenic steroid nandrolone, which appear on the list of "Prohibited Substances" of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The sanction for such a case is two years and applies for all matches, whether friendly or official fixtures, at domestic and international level, from 6 November 2008, the date on which the player was first provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee.
Liberian player Melvin King was suspended for five months after testing positive for a banned substance at a doping control after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ between Senegal and Liberia on 21 June 2008. The substance found was a glucocorticoid, which is a medication included in the list of specified substances of WADA.
The use of such a substance requires a therapeutic use exemption, something which the player did not have. The sanctions for such an anti-doping rule violation range from a warning to a two-year suspension, and the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided to impose a sanction of five months starting on 2 October 2008, the date on which the player was first provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. The sanction applies for all matches, whether friendly or official fixtures, at domestic and international level.