Tunisian reports revealed the main reason behind the suspension of Taha Yassine Khenissi, the Esperance striker, for a year, for violating doping rules.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Disciplinary Committee issued a decision to ban Taha Yassine Khenissi, the Esperance striker, for one year for violating doping rules.
The Tunisian Radio Shams FM stated that the suspension was due to Al-Khenissi taking a drug containing heptaminol, which is one of the banned substances for athletes.
The report pointed out that this substance is usually found in medicines for the circulatory system.
According to the report, Al-Khunaisi admitted that he took this drug without consulting the team’s doctor and that he did not expect or know that it would have such effects.
The report stressed that Al-Khunaisi’s penalty is subject to appeal, and that the chances of reducing it to more than half are very great, especially since this substance is not one of the first class of prohibited or known and prohibited narcotic substances and that it is just a component of a drug that the player took without knowing what it contains and for a therapeutic purpose.
In addition to Khenissi, Mouloudia Algiers duo Ahmed Boutaga and Abdelnour Belkheir were also suspended for a year due to the attack on the referee of the team’s match against Wydad in the African Champions League.
A sufficient statement was made as follows:
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) suspended Tunisian Esperance player Taha Yassine Khenissi for a period of 12 months (one year) from the date of the initial suspension, May 19, 2021, for breaching anti-doping rules.
Player Taha Yassine Khenissi tested positive for a banned substance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) during the Total CAF Champions League match between Mouloudia Alger and Esperance de Tunis on May 10, 2021.
The Disciplinary Committee also decided to suspend Abdelnour Belkheir and Ahmed Butaga for a period of twelve (12) months. Players are suspended from participating in all competitions organized by CAF, including club competitions as well as those for national teams.
He imposed a fine of $25,000 (twenty-five thousand US dollars) on MCA for inappropriate and unfortunate conduct against the referee of the match in question. The fine shall be paid in dollars within 60 days.
This comes against the background of the attack on the referee of the confrontation of MCA and Wydad by kicking him in the leg after the end of the confrontation.
Finally, the CAF Disciplinary Committee suspended the Senegalese official Youssou Dial for two years, in addition to the players Mamadou Sylla and Albert Dien for 6 matches.
This comes after the referees of the Garaf match against Cameroonian Cotton were attacked on May 23, 2021 in the Confederation Cup.