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India international Subrata Paul fails dope test, facing ban threat

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Decorated Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul has got himself into trouble after failing a dope test, that might result in a 4-year ban for him. Subrata, who is already 30 years old would probably have no way to return to professional club football, while his International career was already in doubt as youngster Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has been impressive lately. The Tata football academy graduate who has played for various Indian clubs over a period of 13 years, is quite popular among Indian football fans and this incident has come as a shock to them.

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AIFF secretary Kushal Das declared the the North East United FC loanee has failed the ‘A’ sample test.” Yes, Subrata Paul’s ‘A’ sample has returned positive for a banned substance and he can be banned for four years if his ‘B’ sample also tests positive. The urine sample was taken by NADA on March 18 when the Indian team was in the national camp in Mumbai All the players were tested during that camp,” Das told PTI.

Under new NADA rules, the player and the federation has to be told about the dope test results, and the Player accused would also have the right to ask for a ‘B’ sample test. The Arjuna Awardee has claimed to prove his innocence through the ‘B’ sample test.

“I am shocked at this news that I failed a dope test. I have not got any official communication from the NADA or the AIFF. I am getting to know about this from the media. I will prove my innocence as I have played the game with honesty and integrity in my career of more than 10 years now,” Pal said.

“I will request for the ‘B’ sample test as I believe that I have not done anything to fail a dope test. All the players were tested during the Mumbai national camp and I never thought that my sample will return positive,” he added.

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Subrata Paul who has been in the National squad since 2007 has always been sensational impressing fans with his acrobatics, which even earned him the nickname ‘Spiderman’, especially due to his saves against South Korea. He has had affair share of success with the national team winning the Nehru Cup in 2007 and 2009 AFC challenge Cup in 2008 which led to India’s qualification for 2011 Asian Cup in Doha. His contribution for the Blue Tigers under the bar would never be forgotten by the Indian footballing fraternity and admirers could just pray now that he passes the ‘B’ sample test.