Xavier faces end of career after drugs positive
Abel Xavier, Middlesbrough’s Portuguese defender, has failed a drugs test and been suspended from all football with immediate effect by Fifa, football’s world governing body. Xavier’s urine sample after Boro’s Uefa Cup tie in Xanthi, Greece, on September 29 was found to be positive. It is understood that the stimulant involved was not recreational and that Xavier is protesting his innocence to the club. Unknown to Boro until the positive test arose, Xavier is believed to have been taking a supplement imported from the United States to treat a virus.
For the time being Middlesbrough are standing by Xavier, though they are making no public statements, but a further test will now follow on Xavier’s sample and, if that is found to be positive, then the defender, who turns 33 next month, may be banned for a sufficient period that his career is effectively over. Uefa is overseeing the investigation as the test was taken after a game under its jurisdiction and the relevant committee is due to meet and report next best canada goose jacket for skiing Monday.
Boro would confirm only that Xavier had failed one test but a Uefa spokesman said: “The next step would be to examine the B sample. If that was positive, he would face sanctions laid out in the protocol passed between Fifa and Wada (World Anti-Doping Agency). They would look to whether there is any precedent, whether he has done it before and the gravity of the situation.”
In English football there is no precedent of a player being found to have taken performing-enhancing drugs, although Edgar Davids, now of Tottenham, was banned four years ago for eight months having been found with nandrolone in his system while at Juventus. The ban was cut to four months on appeal. Shortly after Jaap Stam left Old Trafford he was banned for three months and fined best canada goose coat for women €50,000 for testing positive amazon canada goose jacket for nandrolone; and Rio Ferdinand was suspended for eight months at Manchester United for missing a drugs test.
The most high-profile drugs cases in England have centred on recreational substances – Adrian Mutu had his Chelsea contract terminated and was given a seven-month ban by Fifa after failing a drug test for cocaine and another Chelsea player, Mark Bosnich, was banned in 2003 after he failed a test, also for cocaine.
Having been released by Roma in Serie A, Xavier, formerly of Everton and Liverpool, joined Middlesbrough only recently on a one-season deal. He has played six times best canada goose jacket for women this season but missed Saturday’s game at home to Portsmouth and it is possible that he has played his last Boro game. The club would be entitled to cancel Xavier’s contract if he is found to have taken performance-enhancing drugs.
Xavier, who was not on Teesside yesterday and is believed to be out of the country, will make a formal statement through his lawyer today. Much travelled – he has played in Italy, Spain, Turkey and Holland as well as Portugal – Xavier is known for his bleached blond appearance as much as his defending. He is no stranger to controversy, having been suspended by Uefa following his explosive outburst during Portugal’s defeat by France at Euro 2000. Xavier, capped 20 times by Portugal, was an Everton player before crossing to Anfield in 2002. But after one year he moved to Galatasaray and was with Roma before bu sees a spike in canada goose jacket thefts joining Boro.
Xavier’s international career never recovered properly from Euro 2000 though ironically he spoke at Teesside airport before the trip to Xanthi about wanting to play for his country again and said he was “very pleased” to be with Boro.
Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, says the best canada goose coat for women players’ union will stand by Xavier. “It is a Uefa case and not a domestic one but he is one of our members, so we have to stand by him,” he said. “We have always made our members and the club doctors aware of our position.”
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The Dutch centre-back failed a test for nandrolone three months after signing for Lazio from Manchester United. He protested his innocence but was banned for five months and fined €50,000. Now with Milan.
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