Soccer

Deco appeals 1-year doping ban at sports court

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Former Portugal playmaker Deco has asked sport's highest court to overturn his one-year ban for doping.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Deco has appealed to "be cleared of any anti-doping rule violation." The court says a timetable for the case will be decided within days. Deco, who retired from playing in August citing injuries, was banned by a Brazilian football tribunal several weeks later.

He had tested positive for a banned diuretic which can hide the presence of other drugs. Deco, who denies wrongdoing, ended his career with Brazilian club Fluminense. The Brazil-born player represented Portugal at two World Cups, and won the Champions League with Porto and Barcelona before joining Chelsea.

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