Carlos Alberto handed one-year ban for failed doping test
Brazil's sports tribunal has suspended former Vasco da Gama playmaker Carlos Alberto for one year after he failed a doping test.
The 28-year-old midfielder tested positive for a banned diuretic and a banned type of hormone after a Vasco da Gama match in the Rio de Janeiro state championship in March.
The player's lawyers told local media Thursday that they may appeal the sentencing, which they called "exaggerated."
Alberto will be able to play again in about nine months' time as he has already served a temporary suspension due to procedural delays in the trial.
The Brazilian, who previously played for FC Porto and Werder Bremen, was released by Vasco and is now without a club.
Alberto was also capped five times for Brazil, all of them under Carlos Alberto Parreira's tenure between 2002 and 2006.