Benfica midfielder Assis banned for one year
January 4, 2007
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Nuno Assis for one year on Thursday, upholding WADA's appeal after his initial six-month doping ban was overturned.

The 28-year-old Benfica midfielder was banned by the Portuguese soccer federation in February after testing positive for the steroid nandrolone following his team's 1-0 win over Maritimo in December 2005.

Assis' subsequent appeal was successful. The World Anti-Doping Agency then asked world sport's highest tribunal to impose the minimum two-year ban, but CAS suspended him for only a year.

Assis can play again on July 26, after already serving 161 days.

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