According to “Action with Walid,” a daily sports program carried on MBC action, Al-Ittihad and Saudi national team striker Fahad Al-Muwallad is being investigated by the Saudi Arabia Anti-Doping Committee after reports that he failed a drug test.
Al-Muwallad has failed an out-of-competition drug test for the second time in three years. On May 9, 2019, he accepted a one-year suspension from SAADC for using forbidden substances during the team’s match against Al-Nasr in the Saudi Professional League in April 2018.
The daily program revealed on Thursday that Al-Ittihad, which leads the Saudi Professional League standings, had received notice from the Saudi Doping Commission two days prior that the test on its striker had returned a positive result, and that the final decision would be made after a hearing session.
The player and club are working together with the SAADC and responding directly to their concerns. While the case is being investigated, the player has been suspended from playing both domestically and internationally.
Until now, the SAADC has provided no official information about the ban or the extent of the doping offense.
A positive test for a forbidden substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list can result in a four-year penalty.
Al-Muwallad, 27, is one of Saudi Arabia’s most famous players, having scored the game-winning goal against Japan that qualified Saudi Arabia for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He began his professional career with Al-Ittihad at the age of 16, and at the age of 18, he made his first team debut for Saudi Arabia and scored his first senior goal against China in an Asian Cup qualifier. He has now become a regular member of the Saudi national team’s squad.
He also appeared in the last minutes of a league match away to Leganes for Spanish club Levante UD in 2018, when he was on loan ahead of the World Cup.