Senegal and Spartak Moscow forward, Keita Balde might miss the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar over suspension for flouting anti-doping screening protocol while in at his former Club, Cagliari, in Serie A
Balde, 27, moved to Spartak Moscow from Cagliari about three weeks ago on a free summer transfer after spending a season at the Serie A side.
He has been suspended by the National Anti-Doping tribunal for 90 days after violating protocol for an anti-doping screening after Cagliari’s 5-1 defeat to Udinese on April 3 2022 at Stadio Friuli.
However, no banned substances were found in Balde’s system after the screening was eventually conducted as the ban has to do solely with the breach of protocol.
According to TuttoMercatoweb.com, the ban will last until December 5 which is about two weeks after the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. And the former Inter Milan, Sampdoria, and Monaco forward will miss matches in all football competitions till that date.
Balde has scored six goals in 40 appearances for Senegal. He was an important player as the Teranga Lions won the delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in February 2022.
The Teranga Lions are the second African team to qualify for the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup, achieving the feat in Korea/Japan 2002 and losing out 1-0 to the Crescent Stars of Turkey at Nagai Stadium, Japan on June 22.
Senegal are in Group A alongside Qatar, Ecuador, and the Netherlands at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to take place between November 20 and December 18.
By Toju Sote
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