Deco appeals 1-year doping ban at sports court

Former Portugal playmaker Deco has asked sport’s highest court

to overturn his one-year ban for doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Deco has appealed to

”be cleared of any anti-doping rule violation.”

The court says a timetable for the case will be decided within


Deco, who retired from playing in August citing injuries, was

banned by a Brazilian football tribunal several weeks later.

He had tested positive for a banned diuretic which can hide the

presence of other drugs.

Deco, who denies wrongdoing, ended his career with Brazilian

club Fluminense. The Brazil-born player represented Portugal at two

World Cups, and won the Champions League with Porto and Barcelona

before joining Chelsea.