FIFA have formally suspended Tahiti international Vincent Simon after the defender was found to have violated anti-doping regulations.
Vincent was banned after his tests showed traces of the prohibited drug tuaminoheptane following their 8-0 defeat to Uruguay in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The 29-year-old right-back, who plays for Super Ligue Mana holders AS Dragon, has won 23 caps for the national team in his career, helping them to the OFC Nations Cup title in 2012 and playing in their memorable 2013 Confederations Cup campaign.The ban will rule out Simon until February.
A statement on the FIFA website read: "The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has today decided to suspend the Tahitian international footballer Vincent Simon, who had been provisionally suspended in July for an anti-doping rule violation following a doping control conducted after the FIFA Confederations Cup match played in Recife, Brazil on 23 June.
"The player has been declared ineligible for a period of six months after testing positive for tuaminoheptane, a substance included on WADA’s (World Anti-Doping Agency) 2013 Prohibited List."
The ban has again lead to Tahitian football being a more frequent topic in the news, this time for the wrong reasons, but Tahiti manager Eddy Etaeta insists that the ban will not reflect negatively on his teams performances and morale, as the 2014 OFC Nations Cup will prove a large test for his side to attempt to win back the trophy and hopefully qualify again for the Confederations Cup, with a campaign as memorable as the last, Etaeta has a big expectation to follow.
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