December 19, 2016
LOS ANGELES – JAMS announced that Jeffrey G. Benz, Esq., an experienced sports and entertainment neutral, served on the Court of Arbitration for Sport panel that ruled in an arbitration related to FIFA and Saudi Arabian football player Mohammed Bin Mohammed Noor Adam Hawsawi. The Panel affirmed a ruling issuing a four-year period of ineligibility, beginning December 15, 2016.
In November 2015, Noor underwent an in-competition doping test and his samples returned findings for Amphetamine, a prohibited substance. He was provisionally suspended on November 30, 2015 and FIFA appealed a ruling by the Saudi Arabian Anti-Doping Committee that saw him free to play again just five months after the positive test.
Benz and the CAS Panel found that Noor failed to identify any reasoning to dispute the accuracy of the laboratory’s analysis of his samples. Ultimately, the panel found the appropriate sentence for his anti-doping violation is a four-year period of ineligibility.
Noor, a 38-year-old midfielder who has spent most of his career at Al-Ittihad, won 96 caps for Saudi Arabia and appeared at both the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
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