World Cup winner blames positive doping test on son's cough syrup - as he receives two-year ban

Alejandro Gomez of Argentina walks past the The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Winner's Trophy after the team's victory during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Final match between Argentina and France at Lusail Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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World Cup winner Papu Gomez has challenged a ban issued by FIFA over an alleged positive doping test, blaming the sample on his son's cough syrup. 

On Friday, FIFA handed Gomez a two-year ban after a test sample taken in October 2022 - while the Argentine was playing for Sevilla - featured the presence of terbutaline, a prohibited substance used to treat lung problems.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.