On 16 May 2007, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) imposed a life ban on Mexican international Jose Salvador Carmona Alvarez in strict compliance with the FIFA regulations on doping.
After testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol in June 2005 prior to his national team's departure for the FIFA Confederations Cup, an offence for which he received a one-year ban from the Mexican football association (FMF), Carmona subsequently tested positive for the same substance in January 2006.
Due to breaches of procedure, the FMF then failed to impose a life ban on the player as required under FIFA regulations in the case of a second doping offence. Although FIFA considered this decision incorrect, it was subsequently confirmed by a Mexican national court of arbitration.
Consequently, FIFA requested the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to exercise its right to lodge an appeal with CAS in order to contest the FMF's decision, which led to the overturning of the Mexican association's decision and the banning of Carmona for life with immediate effect. FIFA welcomes this decision, which strictly adheres to its regulations on doping and upholds its view that a life ban should be pronounced in this case.
CAS's decision is also a reflection of WADA and FIFA's work together in the fight against doping, a subject that is on the agenda of the 57th FIFA Congress in Zurich this week. FIFA has requested its member associations to accord it the right to lodge its own appeals with CAS in the future, thus enabling it to appeal against decisions by its members and the confederations in doping matters.
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