Suspended for two years for doping, Argentine international Papu Gomez (35 years old) explained in a statement posted on his social media accounts. While confirming that he has been informed of the sanction, the Argentine World Cup champion recalls that he has « always strictly adhered to all regulations. »
Papu Gomez breaks his silence. Suspended for two years after testing positive in a doping control in November 2022, just before the World Cup, the Argentine international (35 years old) explained in a statement posted on his social media accounts. While confirming that he has been informed of the sanction, the Argentine World Cup champion recalls that he has « always strictly adhered to all regulations. » « I have positioned myself as a fervent advocate for clean sport and sportsmanship, condemning and categorically rejecting any form of doping. I have never had and will never have the intention of resorting to a prohibited practice. »
A cough syrup story
The Monza player also revealed the reasons for his doping control. « The alleged offense stems from the presence of Terbutaline in my body due to the accidental, involuntary, and unintentional ingestion of a spoonful of cough syrup from my young son. However, it should be noted that the therapeutic use of Terbutaline is allowed for professional athletes and it does not enhance athletic performance in football. » Papu Gomez also assured that he has contacted his lawyers, considering that « the disciplinary procedure has not been conducted in accordance with the regulations. »
During the World Cup in Qatar, he played two matches with the Albiceleste, coming on as a substitute against Saudi Arabia (2-1 defeat) and in the round of 16 victory against Australia (2-1). Injured for the semi-final against Croatia, he remained on the bench during the victorious final against France.