RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA –
Saudi Arabia winger Fahad al-Mowallad was pulled from the World Cup squad on Sunday lower than 48 hours after being chosen due to an ongoing doping case.
The Saudis’ coach, Herve Renard, changed al-Mowallad from his 26-man squad for the event in Qatar “as a precaution,” the group mentioned on its Twitter account.
The Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee mentioned in May it suspended the player for 18 months over his optimistic take a look at in February for the doping substance furosemide. It is a diuretic that has a long-established use in sports activities doping as a masking agent to cover the presence of different medication.
Saudi media reviews mentioned the 28-year-old al-Mowallad’s ban had been minimize which cleared him for choice to play in Qatar, in what would have been his second World Cup.
The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed Sunday it had intervened within the case earlier than the Saudi squad was chosen.
“WADA has appealed the case to CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport) looking for an extended interval of ineligibility,” the Montreal-based company mentioned in a press release.
Al-Mowallad’s removing from the World Cup got here simply 9 days earlier than the group opens in Group C in opposition to Argentina, one of many pre-tournament favourites. Saudi Arabia then performs Poland on Nov. 26 and Mexico on Nov. 30.
The group mentioned Sunday that Renard had known as up Nawaf Al-Abed, a membership teammate of al-Mowallad at Al-Shabab, in his place.
Al-Mowallad joined Al-Shabab this season after greater than a decade at Al-Ittihad, which included a short spell on mortgage at Levante in Spain forward of the 2018 World Cup.
He was a part of an settlement between the General Sports Authority (GSA) in Saudi Arabia and La Liga to put national-team gamers with Spanish golf equipment and assist put together for the event in Russia.
Al-Mowallad performed in all three video games on the final World Cup the place the Saudis completed third of their group, dropping to Russia and Uruguay earlier than beating Egypt.