Soccer: Nagoya's Swierczok banned for 4 yrs over illegal substance

Nagoya Grampus forward Jakub Swierczok has been banned for four years by the Asian Football Confederation after testing positive for an illegal substance, the J-League first-division side said Friday.

The 29-year-old's A sample came back positive following Nagoya's Asian Champions League quarterfinal loss last October to South Korea's Pohang Steelers. The AFC provisionally suspended the player in December.

In the latest statement, Nagoya said the illegal substance was also detected from his B sample and the AFC banned the Pole from all football activities for four years, starting on Dec. 9, 2021.

"What has happened is disappointing," Nagoya General Manager Motohiro Yamaguchi said in an online press conference.

Grampus said they are in discussion with Swierczok's lawyer regarding his contract at the club, while a source close to the matter said Swierczok is planning to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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