Brazilian striker Jóbson handed year ban

Jóbson tested positive whilst playing for Botafogo in 2009

BRAZILIAN striker Jóbson has received a year ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport today following failed drug tests back in 2009, whilst playing for Botafogo.

Jóbson will however be able to resume playing from March 6th next year, having previously served six months of his suspension.

Jóbson tested positive for crack cocaine in two separate matches, against Palmeiras and Coritiba and was initially given a two-year ban. He successfully appealed to the Brazilian court, who then reduced the suspension to six months after admitting drug addiction and accepting to attend a treatment programme, but the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) refused to accept the punishment, deeming it too lenient.

The 23-year-old had been close to joining second division Grêmio Prudente, in what would have been his third club of the year, having left Brasileirão side Bahia under a cloud last month, after the club citied disciplinary issues, despite some impressive performances. Jóbson began the year at another Brasileirão club, Atlético Mineiro, but left after three months, playing just six games.

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