Algeria international Youcef Belaili has been handed a two-year ban for doping by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Algerian Football Federation has revealed.
The USM Alger forward tested positive for a controlled substance which he allegedly used in his team’s CAF Champions League clash with rival Algerian side Mouloudia El Eulma on August 7.
According the Algerian FA, the 23-year-old admitted to the doping offence in a hearing in front of the Federal Medical Commission and will not appeal against the suspension, having waived his right to have his B sample analyzed.
The Algerian FA revealed that the player tested positive for a banned drug on August 7 when they played in a group game against MC El Eulma.
“The player, Belaili Youcef of USM Alger, tested positive according to Caf during a doping control carried out during the game versus MC El Eulmaon August 7, 2015, in the African Champions League for 2015,” FAF said in a statement.
“In accordance with the regulation at the request of Caf, the player, Belaili Youcef, was heard by members of the Federal Medical Commission and acknowledged the fact alleged against him and has waived the right to analyse the B-sample as required by the regulations.
“Caf correspondence was notified to him and his club which provides for a suspension of two years from all national and international competition.”
Belaili’s two-year ban will keep him away from both national and international football.
The former CA Bordj Bou Arreridj, MC Oran and Esperance man will miss the first leg of Alger’s Champions League semi-final meeting against Sudan’s Al Hilal on 27 September as he begins serving his ban.
He played for Algeria in friendly matches against Qatar and Oman earlier this year and was also part of the squad that played at the first ever Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations in 2011.
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