LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian-born Portugal soccer player Deco was cleared of doping Tuesday because of faulty procedures by a Rio de Janeiro laboratory which has since been suspended from World Cup testing.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said a settlement between Deco, the Brazilian soccer federation and FIFA annulled his one-year ban imposed last September.
"It could not be established that (Deco) has committed an anti-doping rule violation," the CAS ruling said.
The Rio lab, known as LADETEC, has been suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency since last August.
The lab was also dropped from World Cup testing, meaning FIFA will have to fly doping samples to Lausanne for testing during the tournament.
The lab's role for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is also uncertain. It was previously cited for reporting a false positive for a volleyball player.
The case against Deco, who retired last year, collapsed when his samples were re-tested in Lausanne.
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