Subrata Paul's form has been up and down in recent months with club DSK Shivajians, and the goalkeeper has now hit another low. Paul has failed a doping test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency.
All India Football Federation secretary Kushal Das has confirmed the news. As per FIFA rules, a player has to be suspended by the country's federation within a week or so of the result.
The exact substance for which the player failed his doping test has not been brought out in the open.
Now, it remains to be seen if Paul, who lost his goalkeeping position to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu in the India team, will want his Sample B to be tested. The former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper has two weeks to decide his fate of the B sample.
Das said that the player can always look for guidance of the AIFF if he wants to do so.
"It's now between him and NADA. He has to decide whether he wants his B sample tested. But of course if he needs guidance, the federation is always there," Reuters quoted Das as saying.
The goalkeeper was tested in Mumbai before leaving for India team's match against Cambodia last month. It took place in the presence of national team coach Stephen Constantine.
List of players who have been tested positive for banned substance
2002 – Arun Malhotra
2011 – Nishant Mehra
2015 - Dane Pereira