Fahad Al-Muwallad withdrawn from Saudi Arabia World Cup squad over doping case

Saudi Arabia forward Fahad Al-Muwallad was withdrawn from their World Cup squad on Sunday as a precaution due to an ongoing doping case.

The Al-Shabab forward was handed an 18-month ban last May by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee after he tested positive for the banned substance Furosemide.

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However, the Saudi Sport Arbitration Center reduced his ban in late August, and decided that the period during which he was suspended was sufficient.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appealed the decision, and, according to local media reports, a longer ban is expected for the 28-year-old, who in 2019 was suspended for one year, also for doping.

The Saudi team said on Twitter that coach Herve Renard made the decision "as a precautionary measure after reviewing the developments of WADA's appeal ... and after consulting with the Saudi FA legal department."

Renard has called up Al-Shabab's veteran forward Nawaf Al-Abed to replace Al-Muwallad.

Saudi Arabia are in Group C alongside Argentina, Mexico and Poland at the finas which run from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18.