Papu Gomes (AC Monza), a member of Argentina’s winning team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, has been suspended for two years after testing positive for a banned substance.
Gomes’ club, AC Monza (Italy), announced today that Gomes has been suspended for two years by Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for testing positive for the banned substance terbutaline in a doping control sample taken last year when he was with Sevilla (Spain).
Terbutaline is a drug widely used to treat lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
However, it is banned for professional athletes because it dilates the bronchi, making it easier to breathe.
Gomes can appeal the decision, but at 35, he’s already well into the twilight of his career, and it’s unclear if he’ll fight to clear his name.
Gomes has played just two games for Monza this season. 메이저놀이터
It doesn’t seem unlikely that he will retire at this point.
“The positive test was the result of Gomes taking the drug in question involuntarily,” Monza said, “and we are reviewing how to take the next steps.”
Gomes has had a long career as a quality attacking midfielder in Serie A and La Liga.
Since 2014, he has spent seven seasons with Atalanta (Italy), scoring 59 goals in 252 official matches and helping the club reach the UEFA Champions League (UCL).
He led Serie A in assists in back-to-back seasons in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020.
He moved to Sevilla in 2021 and continued to perform well before moving to Monza this season.
At the World Cup in Qatar last December, he played two games and helped Argentina win their third title in as many tournaments.