Colombian player suspended for marijuana use

A leading Colombian footballer has been suspended for three

months, fined the equivalent of $3,000 and ordered into rehab after

admitting using marijuana, football authorities in the country said

Tuesday.

Wilder Medina, a striker with the Deportes Tolima club, who is

currently joint top-scorer in the Colombian top division, tested

positive for the drug for the third time on March 26 following a

2-0 victory over Deportivo Cali.

Medina acknowledged he used the drug during a disciplinary

commission hearing.

”Wilder has a problem with addiction and wants to rehabilitate

himself, he needs help,” the player’s lawyer, Andres Charria,

said. ”Marijuana is not doping, it doesn’t improve physical

performance. He’s living a human problem.”

Medina also had positive tests after matches on Feb. 5 and

13.

Medina has scored eight goals in the current Clausura

tournament, top of the scoring charts alongside Once Caldas striker

Wason Renteria. He also scored 16 goals in the past 2010 Apertura

tournament.

Charria said an appeal against the punishment was possible.

Otherwise, Medina’s suspension begins this weekend.