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No Penalty! Subrata Paul is cleared of doping charges after he was suspended provisionally

THE NATIONAL ANTI-DOPING AUTHORITY revoked the suspension of Indian goalkeeper Subrata Paul after the he proved he had taken a banned drug unintentionally.

Subrata, was provisionally suspended after testing positive to banned drug terbutaline during a random test by the National Anti-Doping Authority (NADA) in March before the national team flew to Cambodia for a friendly match.

"In this case the anti-doping rule violation involves a specified substance and the athlete was able to prove that the dope violation was not intentional," NADA said in a press statement.

"His suspension stands revoked with immediate effect." the statement concluded

NADA said it had reprimanded Paul, who plays for the Indian league club DSK Shivajians, as well as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for failing to provide proper guidance to its players.

Goalkeeper Subrata Paul has been cleared of doping charges

It also asked the AIFF to take necessary action against its team doctor who "admitted in writing that he failed to take due care in prescribing the medicine to the athlete (Paul)".

Subrata was last seen in the Federation Cup where he started a game for DSK Shivajians

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