Portuguese playmaker Deco has vowed to clear his name after testing positive for a banned substance following a match in March, it has emerged.
Officials in Rio de Janeiro say the Brazilian born midfielder, who now plays for Brazilian champions Fluminense, failed the doping test when the illegal Furosemide was detected in his system, after playing in the Campeonato Carioca 2-0 victory against Boavista, on March 30th.
Deco, a double Champions League winner with Barcelona and FC Porto, is believed to have ingested the substance – a diuretic, which can help hide performance enhancing substances – through contaminated vitamin supplements he purchased at a pharmacy, his lawyers told the local media.
Reports also suggest that lawyers have been appointed on the player’s behalf to take action against the company that produce the product he bought, adding that he intends to appeal.
However the 35-year-old has not travelled with the squad for their Copa Libertadores clash with Emelec in Ecuador this Thursday, with Fluminense stating they won’t comment until the results of a ‘B’ sample are released on Friday.