FIFA suspends Costa Rican Orlando Galo for doping

Four weeks before the ball begins to roll at the Qatar World Cup, FIFA suspended Costa Rican defender Orlando Galo after testing positive for anabolic steroids.

Galo “has been provisionally suspended and the usual procedure has been opened,” world soccer’s governing body said on Saturday.

FIFA did not reveal the dates on which the disciplinary case will be processed and Galo, 22, who plays for Costa Rica’s Herediano, could face a sanction of up to four years.

Costa Rica will debut in Qatar against Spain on November 23 and will then face Japan and Germany in Group E.

The Costa Rican federation explained that the defender tested positive for clostebol in samples taken last month in South Korea, where the team played two preparation games. A total of 15 soccer players underwent anti-doping control, he added.

The FIFA World Cup regulations state that “any player may be tested in the matches in which he participates during the competition, and tests out of competition at any time and in any place.”

Galo was on the bench when Costa Rica earned its World Cup ticket in June by beating New Zealand in a tie in Doha.

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