FIFA bans Peru’s Sanchez for 2 years for doping

FIFA suspended Joel Sanchez for two years on Friday after the

Peru midfielder tested positive for a banned substance at a 2014

World Cup qualifier.

The 23-year-old Sanchez is banned from ”all matches, whether

friendly or official fixtures, at domestic and international

level” through to January 21, 2015, FIFA said in a statement.

Sanchez tested positive for the banned stimulant

methylhexaneamine after a 1-1 draw at Bolivia in La Paz last

October.

Peru is eighth in the nine-team South American qualifying group

and has only an outside chance of claiming one of four automatic

qualification places for the World Cup in Brazil.

Sanchez can appeal the ruling imposed Friday by FIFA’s

disciplinary panel.

The sanction is one of the toughest handed down in recent years

by FIFA.

In 2008, Italian player Eduardo Morgado got a two-year ban for

using nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, at the Futsal World Cup.

In cases involving methylhexaneamine, UEFA issued one-year bans

last August to two players from Macedonian club Rabotnicki who

tested positive after a Europa League match against Lazio.

The World Anti-Doping Agency classes methylhexaneamine as a

”specified” substance, meaning it might have been consumed

without intent to dope. Athletes can receive a reduced sanction if

they can prove how a substance was ingested.

FIFA provisionally suspended Sanchez in January pending a full

hearing.

Sanchez plays for Lima-based club Universidad San Martin.