Could Argentina and Lionel Messi be stripped of World Cup win after Papu Gomez doping ban?
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News of Argentina's Alejandro Papu Gomez's two-year doping ban has sent shockwaves across the footballing world, but what could it mean for Lionel Messi's World Cup trophy?
Gomez was handed the ban for failing a drugs test after he reportedly took his children's sickness syrup in the build-up to the tournament.
That's according to Spanish outlet Relevo, who claim that the 35-year-old has blamed the failed test on taking his children's sickness syrup without consulting with Sevilla's doctors after having a bad night's sleep.
However, according to the World Anti-Doping Code, neither Gomez's national team nor his club would run the risk of losing the accolade.
As per article 11, the regulations indicate that a title could only be rescinded if more than two members of a team had committed an anti-doping rule violation.
Although Gomez could be at risk of having his personal World Cup and Europa League medals taken away.
Sevilla, who were said to be aware of the situation, terminated his contract and he ended up returning to Italy with Monza, where he's played twice in the Serie A.
The substance in question is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), with players having to take responsibility for what they consume.
The potential punishment was said to be a sticking point for a number of clubs who were previously interested in signing the midfielder as many didn't want to take the gamble.
It remains to be seen whether Gomez will appeal the decision at the age of 35 or if he will seek to retire.
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