Deco 'B' sample tests positive for banned diuretic

Footballer Deco during a press conference for his new team Fluminense  on August 9, 2010
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Former Chelsea and Portugal playmaker Deco faces a suspension in Brazil after his 'B' sample returned positive for a banned diuretic.

Former Chelsea and Portugal midfielder Deco has had his positive test for a banned diuretic confirmed after his 'B' sample was returned on Friday.

The 35-year-old Fluminense player now faces an automatic 30-day ban, although he plans to fight against a suspension, claiming that the positive test is the result of a contaminated vitamin supplement.

Deco was tested after Fluminense's 2-0 win over Boavista on March 30. His sample contained traces of furosemide, a diuretic which can be used to mask other substances.

In a statement on their official website, Fluminense said that the player had hired his own lawyers to represent him in the case.

Footballer Deco during a press conference for his new team Fluminense  on August 9, 2010
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