The AIFF and the NADA (National Anti Doping Agency) have together come to a conclusion that Subrata Paul doesn’t stand to be punished. The veteran goal keeper has hence got a green signal to join the Indian squad in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup quaifiers.
Subrata, 30, a former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal player, tested positive in a his A sample drug test, after traces of a banned substance named terbutaline, was found. The blood tests were conducted during the India national football team training camp in March 2017.
Subrata, who currently plays for the Pune-based DSK Shivajians, had mentioned that the drug intake could have taken place when he was prescribed to take recourse to cough syrups during illness. The footballer is also in the squad for DSK to take part in the upcoming Federation Cup tournament, scheduled for a May 7 start in Cuttack, Orissa.