Worldwide extension of sanctions imposed in connection with anti-doping violations

The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend sanctions imposed on five players and one official from Egypt, Algeria, France, Tunisia and Malta for anti-doping rule violations to have worldwide effect.

The sanctions, which were extended in accordance with art. 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code, relate to the following cases:

– Walid Othman Mohamed Elawadi of Egypt was banned by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four years. The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Appeal Panel confirmed the imposed sanction. The official is banned until 6 January 2020.

– Noufel Ghassiri of Algeria was banned by the Disciplinary Committee of the Algerian Professional Football League from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four years. The Federal Appeal Committee of the Algerian Football Association confirmed the imposed sanction. The player is banned until 23 October 2019.

– Adama Seck of France was banned by the Doping Control Committee of the French Football Association from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of six months. The player is banned until 31 July 2016.

– Sami Helal of Tunisia was banned by the Federal Disciplinary Committee of the Tunisian Football Association from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of two years. The player is banned until 28 September 2017.

– Larson Mallia of Malta was banned by the Control and Disciplinary Board of the Malta Football Association from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of two years. The Appeal Board of the Malta Football Association confirmed the imposed sanction. The player is banned until 3 May 2017.

– Nigel Rizzo of Malta was banned by the Control and Disciplinary Board of the Malta Football Association from any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of two years. The Appeal Board of the Malta Football Association confirmed the imposed sanction. The player is banned until 3 May 2017.

The relevant parties have been duly notified of the chairman’s decisions.

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