Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  

Benfica to appeal Assis ban

Portuguese giants Benfica are to appeal the one-year doping ban imposed Thursday on midfielder Nuno Assis by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Benfica vice-president Silvio Cervan told a press conference: "We have started preparing a request for the decision to be annulled by the Swiss federal court."

The 28-year-old player was banned by the Professional Football League for six months after he tested positive for the steriod nandrolene following Benfica's 1-0 win over Maritimo in a Portuguese league game in December 2005.

Assis successfully appealed the ban prompting the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to request that CAS impose a two-year ban.

CAS on Thursday suspended the player for one year.

Assis would be eligible to play again on July 26.