Serie A

After missing Roma clash, Monza attacker Papu Gomez responds to two-year doping ban

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - OCTOBER 02: Alejandro Gomez of Monza gives a thumbs up prior to the Serie A TIM match between US Sassuolo and AC Monza at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on October 02, 2023 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
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Monza attacker Papu Gomez took to Instagram to deny any wrongdoing after he was dealt a two-year ban on Friday that stemmed from a failed drugs test last November when he was at Sevilla.

Accordingly, the 35 year-old was absent from the Biancorossi’s 1-0 defeat to Roma this afternoon. However, following the match he announced his lawyers are analysing the situation but insisted the banned substance was ingested unintentionally.

“As a result of the recent news published about me in relation to a potential anti-doping violation, I’d like to inform the media and public about a few things,” he wrote.

“Not only have I always strictly complied with all regulations, but I have also stood up as a staunch defender of clean sport and sportsmanship, categorically condemning and rejecting all forms of doping.”

Adding, “I have never nor intend to (in the future) resort to a banned practice. The alleged violation stems from the detection of Terbutaline in my system—which I mistakenly, accidentally, and unintentionally ingested a spoonful of via my little son’s cough syrup.”

“Though, it’s worth specifying that the therapeutic use of Terbutaline is permitted for professional athletes and in no case does it improve sporting performance in football.”

“Nonetheless, I have asked my lawyers to look into the matter as I believe the disciplinary case was not carried out in accordance with the provisions within the regulations.”

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