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Qatar World Cup: Senegal star Keita Balde set for MISS tournament due to global doping ban

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Senegal star Keita Balde will MISS the World Cup in Qatar as winger faces global doping ban… after Spartak Moscow star broke protocol while playing for Cagliari

Keita Balde will miss Senegal’s World Cup campaign in Qatar this winter after he violated global anti-doping policies.

The winger was called up to take a drug test after Cagliari – the Italian side he left in the summer to join Russia’s Spartak Moscow – lost 5-1 to Udinese in April.

The 27-year-old gave a negative result, but in a statement on their website, Spartak confirmed that Balde had still violated protocol and as a result has been suspended by the Italian National Anti-Doping Court.

Keita Balde will miss Senegal’s World Cup campaign after violation of anti-doping policy

The winger was called up to take a drug test after former club Cagliari lost 5-1 to Udinese in April

The winger was called up to take a drug test after former club Cagliari lost 5-1 to Udinese in April

The ban will take effect immediately and will run until early December, with his country’s three World Cup matches in his country’s Group A all taking place at the end of November.

Read a Spartak statementMidfielder Keita Balde has been suspended until December 5 by the Italian National Anti-Doping Court for a doping violation while playing for Cagliari.

“A sample taken from Keith that day found no banned substances. However, in accordance with the Disciplinary Code, any doping-related sanction imposed by any other national or international sports federation, national anti-doping organization is automatically accepted by FIFA and must be recognized by all confederations and associations.

“The sanction imposed by the Italian Anti-Doping Organization is therefore subject to recognition by the RFU.

The ban will run until early December, banning Spartak Moscow star from Qatar's group stage

The ban will run until early December, banning Spartak Moscow star from Qatar’s group stage

“According to the disqualification, the player may not return to the training process until 22 days before the expiry of the penalty.”

Balde’s 38-minute substitute for Spartak earlier this month in the 2-1 defeat to Zenit St. Petersburg will therefore be the only chance he will have until early December to play for his new side, but he can return 22 days before the end. exercise his ban.

Aliou Cisse’s men – who left the group stage during the 2018 World Cup after finishing third – will face the Netherlands, this time hosting Qatar and Ecuador in their three group matches.

The men of Aliou Cisse take on the Netherlands, receive Qatar and Ecuador in their three group matches

The men of Aliou Cisse take on the Netherlands, receive Qatar and Ecuador in their three group matches

Balde is not the only player at risk of being banned from Qatar, however, and the Byron Castillo case is still unresolved.

FIFA’s appeals committee on Friday rejected a bid to kick Ecuador out of the tournament, rejecting Chile’s argument that Castillo is actually Colombian and ineligible to play in Ecuador’s World Cup qualifiers.

Sports post had previously revealed evidence by publishing an audio recording from Ecuador’s international Castillo, with birth records matching his Colombian birth certificate earlier this week.

However, the decision means that Ecuador will still play at the World Cup in Qatar later this year. However, rivals Chile – who had hoped to take their place – have insisted they will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Ecuador has retained its place in the World Cup, despite Bryon Castillo (pictured) admitting to being born in Colombia

Ecuador has retained its place in the World Cup, despite Bryon Castillo (pictured) admitting to being born in Colombia

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