Brazilian footballer Gabriel Barbosa, known as “Gabigol”, has been suspended for two years by the Brazilian anti-doping tribunal

Brazilian footballer Gabriel Barbosa, known by the nickname “Gabigol,” was suspended for two years by Brazil’s anti-doping tribunal on Monday for attempting to falsify the results of a doping test. The facts for which he was disqualified date back to 8 April last year, when he was subjected to an unscheduled anti-doping test before a league match between Flamengo (the team he plays for) and Fluminense.

On that occasion Barbosa allegedly behaved “irregularly”, agreeing to undergo the test only many hours after his companions. According to anti-doping tribunal officials, Barbosa behaved in that way to try to alter the test results. The footballer has made it known that he will appeal the decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the highest international sports court.

Barbosa is 27 years old and during his career he has also played in Italy (for Inter, in the 2016/2017 season) and in Portugal (for Benfica, in the 2017/2018 season). He has been playing for Flamengo for 5 years, during which he won the Copa Libertadores twice (in 2019 and 2022), the most important trophy in South American football.

2024-03-26 11:28:38
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