Reports: Portugal’s Queiroz suspended for 6 months

Portugal’s anti-doping agency has ruled that national coach

Carlos Queiroz disrupted an anti-doping test and suspended him for

six months, local media reported Monday.

An agency inquiry found that Queiroz insulted an anti-doping

team sent to test the Portugal squad ahead of the World Cup and

that his aggressive behavior disrupted their work, national news

agency Lusa and other media said.

Officials at the agency were not available for comment on the

reports. The Portuguese Football Federation said in a statement on

its website that the agency has not informed it of any ruling and

that it will not comment until it receives notification.

Queiroz said in a statement that neither he nor his lawyer had

been informed of any official decision. However, he said if it is

true he will appeal against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration

for Sport in Switzerland.

He said in the statement sent to national media that convicting

him of interfering in a doping test would be ”totally wrong, harsh

and unfounded.”

The federation earlier this month suspended Queiroz for one

month on a charge of misconduct related to the same incident at

Portugal’s pre-World Cup training camp in May.

Officials sent to carry out routine tests on Portugal players

said Queiroz harassed and intimidated them and used foul language,

according to media reports. Details of the inquiry have not been

made public.

Queiroz has said he was angry that the unannounced early morning

tests had disturbed the players and admitted that he used

inappropriate language but denied disrupting the tests. None of the

players tested positive.

Queiroz, who has spent two years as Portugal coach, has fought

the charges. Earlier this month, Manchester United coach Alex

Ferguson testified on Queiroz’s behalf as a character witness.

Queiroz was previously Ferguson’s assistant at Old Trafford.

Portugal produced a disappointing World Cup campaign in South

Africa, where it went out in the second round against eventual

champion Spain.

Portugal’s first qualifying games for the 2012 European

Championship are against Cyprus on Friday and Norway four days

later, when Queiroz’s assistant Agostinho Oliveira will be in

charge. Group H also includes Denmark and Iceland.

If confirmed, the agency’s ruling will increase pressure on the

federation to find a replacement for Queiroz, who would have to sit

out four of Portugal’s Euro 2012 qualifying games.

It would also deliver another blow to Portuguese hopes of making

a strong start to its campaign after captain Cristiano Ronaldo was

ruled out of the first two matches after picking up an injury last

weekend playing for Real Madrid.

Also, midfielder Deco, winger Simao Sabrosa and defender Paulo

Ferreira – three of Portugal’s most capped players – have all

retired from international football since the World Cup.