World Cup walks away for Keita Baldé suspended for anti-doping rule violation

Senegalese striker Keita Baldé has been suspended by the National Anti-Doping Tribunal until December 5 for « violation of an anti-doping control », announces his new club Spartak Moscow. Which keeps him away from the World Cup in Qatar.

Big blow for Keita Baldé. The former Monegasque, recently recruited by Spartak Moscow in Cagliari, should not be able to turn back the field anytime soon. As the Russian club informs via a press release, the player is suspended until December 5 for « violation of an anti-doping control » carried out last season in Italy. The sanction could deprive him of the 2022 World Cup (November 20-December 18) with Senegal, when he could only play one meeting with his new team.

Back for a possible World Cup quarter-final

Spartak Moscow indicates that the test did not however reveal the presence of any prohibited substance, but the infraction noted by the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal does apply, and this to all competitions. The player will be able to return to training only 22 days before the end of his suspension. Note that Baldé can appeal.

The date of December 5, the end of his sanction, falls between the eighth and the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Which would leave him little preparation time but above all a slim chance of participating in his second World Cup. Aliou Cissé, the Senegalese coach, called him this Friday for his last list before the Qatari deadline and the friendly matches against Bolivia and Iran. The Teranga Lions are placed in Group A alongside hosts Ecuador and the Netherlands.

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