Brazil Olympic soccer champion Gabriel Barbosa has been suspended for two years for a doping offense. The country's anti-doping court on Monday (local time) sanctioned an alleged cheating attempt by the striker during a training test on April 8, 2023 at his club Flamengo Rio de Janeiro. By 5 votes to 4, the judges found the 27-year-old guilty of delaying his doping test due to unruly behavior.

Barbosa, who celebrated the Olympic victory in Rio de Janeiro with star Neymar in 2016, protested his innocence and resigned International Court of Arbitration for Sport Cas go ahead. “Despite my respect for the court, I reiterate that I have never attempted to obstruct or deceive an examination and I trust that the superior court will exonerate me,” Barbosa wrote on Instagram.

The Flamengo club of Barbosa made the judicial decision “with surprise,” the club wrote on its website. Barbossa will rely on calling Cas. The club assumes “that there was no fraud, not even an attempt, that justified the sanction imposed.”

The 18-time national player nicknamed Gabigol moved to Europe after winning the Olympic Games, but could not prevail at either Inter Milan or Benfica Lisbon. He has been playing for Flamengo since 2019, initially on loan and since 2020 with a contract until December 31, 2024 inclusive. With the Rio team he won, among other things, the Brazilian championship in 2019 and 2020, as well as the Copa Libertadores in 2019 and 2022.