FootballArgentina World Cup winner handed two-year ban for doping Ujunwa Madichie October 20, 2023ShareAlejandro Darío Gómez, aka Papu Gómez Argentina World Cup winner, Alejandro Papu Gomez, has been handed a two-year ban for failing a drug test after he reportedly took his children’s sickness syrup in the build-up to the tournament. Gomez won the mundial last December following a dramatic penalty shootout victory against France in the final. The Daily Mail reports that it emerged that Gomez failed a test for a prohibited substance shortly before the World Cup got underway in November 2022. He blamed the failed test on taking his children’s sick syrup without consulting with Sevilla’s doctors after having a bad night’s sleep. However, this reason was not deemed acceptable for him to avoid a ban. He must now decide whether he wishes to appeal the verdict in an attempt to get his ban reduced or overturned. Gomez had joined Serie A outfit Monza as a free agent in October after his contract with Sevilla was terminated. He spent two-and-a-half years at the club and won the Europa League last season.See alsoIvory Coast beats Nigeria 2-1 to win African Cup of NationsFebruary 12, 2024 Gomez is best known for his time at Atalanta between 2014 and 2021. The winger made 252 appearances for the club, scoring 59 goals, as he led the club into the Champions League for the first time in their history. He left the Italian club in early 2021 after falling out with manager Gian Piero Gasperini.