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Dynamos player banned by Fifa



Dynamos midfielder Devon Chafa has been banned for six months by world football governing body Fifa for using a prohibited substance.

He will return on March 1 2014. Chafa will also miss the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) finals that will be staged in South African from January 11 to February 1 and the ban makes him ineligible for selection to the 2013 Soccer Star of the Year calendar.

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Fifa deputy secretary to the Disciplinary Committee Christine Farina wrote in the letter of suspension: “The player Chafa Devon Taitamba is declared ineligible for a period of six months as of 30 August 2013 for violation of art 6 of the Fifa Anti-Doping Regulations.

“In compliance with the preliminary Title ‘1. Definition and Interpretation’ of the Fifa Anti-Doping Regulations as regards to the notion of ineligibility, the player Chafa Devon Taitamba is suspended for a specified period of time from participating in any competition (which covers all types of matches, including domestic international, friendly and official) or other activity or from receiving sport related financial support as provided in the Fifa Anti Doping Regulations.

“No costs are to be borne by the player. The player shall bear his own legal and other costs incurred in connection with the present proceedings.

“The judicial body will communicate the motivated decision in due course without any request on the grounds of the decision being needed. This does not affect the terms of the decision which come into force with immediate effect (art 106 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code).

“Only the motivated decision can be appealed against to the Fifa Appeals Committee (art 116 par 2 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code and art 79 par 1 of the Fifa Anti Doping Regulations.” – Newsday Sports.