The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend sanctions imposed on 6 players from Brazil, Portugal, Uzbekistan, Iran and Italy for anti-doping rule violations to have worldwide effect.

The sanctions, which were extended in accordance with art. 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, relate to the following cases:

Venildo Pereira of Brazil was banned by the Disciplinary Committee of the Portuguese Football Federation from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of eight months. The player is banned until 4 April 2017.

André Faria Piloto of Portugal was banned by the Disciplinary Committee of the Portuguese Football Federation from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of two years. The player is banned until 24 October 2018.

José Carlos Silva Fernandes Chastre of Portugal was banned by the Disciplinary Committee of the Portuguese Football Federation from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year. The player is banned until 26 July 2017.

Ismoilov Abdulkhay of Uzbekistan was banned by the AFC Disciplinary Committee from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year. The player is banned until 2 November 2017.

Mohsen Fakoori of Iran was banned by the Preliminary Commission of the IR Iran Football Federation from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four years. The player is banned until 5 August 2020.

Nicola Dalmonte of Italy was banned by the Italian National Anti-doping Tribunal (Second Section) from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year and two months. The player is banned until 20 September 2017.

The relevant parties have been duly notified of the chairman’s decisions.

FIFA continues to work closely with its member associations in the fight against doping. One of the main pillars of FIFA’s anti-doping strategy is prevention through education, and in recent months, FIFA has launched a series of prevention initiatives as part of its ongoing efforts to keep football free from doping. The aim is to raise awareness among players, coaches and doctors on the dangers of doping and provide appropriate educational tools for doping control officers across the world.