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Alex Rodriguez to appeal lengthy doping ban

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Alex Rodriguez will take his case to the arbitrary court in a bid to launch a successful appeal, according to mlb.com.

The Yankees' third baseman, who is the highest paid player in Major League Baseball, is said to disagree with the ruling that landed him a 211 game ban, and a without-pay suspension until the end of the 2014 season.

The appeal will mean that Rodriguez can continue playing until his plea is heard by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, which could be as late as November or December.

Horowitz, as acting arbitrator for the league, can decide to lengthen or shorten the ban in place upon Rodriguez to as many games as he sees fit.

The investigation by the league into players involved with the now-closed down Biogenesis anti-ageing clinic, which supplied performance enhancing drugs to professionals, has seen 12 players banned for 50 games. All of the suspended individuals accepted their bans, with the exception of Rodriguez.

In Rodriguez's particular case, the extended suspension was ruled due to his attempts to cover up his violations, and his active role as a recruiter of other players for the clinic in question.

Commissioner Bug Selig said: "Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do."

"For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it."

Meanwhile, the World Anti Doping Agency cited its strong support for the decision surrounding the bans.

A statement read: "As we have said previously, non-analytical methods are proving to be an increasingly effective means of helping uncover those athletes who have committed foul play and breached anti-doping rules.

"MLB has approached the matter in a professional manner throughout, and we look forward to maintaining our close relationship as we move forward in our efforts to protect clean athletes and advocate doping-free sport."

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