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Brazilian forward Jobson banned four years for alleged refusal of doping test

Botafogo forward Jobson has had a history of failed doping tests in his native Brazil.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian striker Jobson has been banned from football for four years for allegedly refusing to undergo a doping test while he played in Saudi Arabia.

The player had been suspended in Saudi Arabia but FIFA on Friday told his Brazilian club, Botafogo, that the ban is also valid in Brazil.

A Saudi Arabian anti-doping commission suspended Jobson last year saying the player refused to undergo a test while playing for Al-Ittihad, a claim the Brazilian striker denies.

Jobson's lawyer,...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Fluminense sack manager Cristovao Borges

Former Vasco da Gama manager Cristovao Borges' stay at Fluminense has come to an end.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian club Fluminense says it has fired coach Cristovao because of the team's poor performances in the Rio de Janeiro state championship.

Monday's announcement came two days after Fluminense's 1-1 draw with minnow Tigres at the Maracana Stadium. The traditional Rio de Janeiro club had already lost to another smaller club, Macae, in the previous round in the state tournament.

Fluminense is only fifth in the 16-team competition, outside the top four which will advance to the...

Brazil to dock points from clubs not paying players on time

Brazilian league teams will be stripped of points if they don't pay players' salaries on time.

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian league teams will be stripped of points if they don't pay players' salaries on time.

Clubs may lose three points for each match played while salaries are owed, the Brazilian Football Confederation said. The teams would keep losing points for as long as the debts persist.

Players will be entitled to denounce their clubs when payment delays reach 30...

 By Tim Vickery

Financial irresponsibility at the heart of Botafogo and Deportivo Quito's issues

Botafogo and Deportivo Quito played off against each other in the Copa Libertadores in February.

At the start of the year, Botafogo of Brazil met Ecuador's Deportivo Quito in the qualifying round of the Copa Libertadores -- South America's Champions League.

It should have been a happy occasion for both. For Botafogo, it was the first time they had appeared in South America's premier club competition since 1996. For Deportivo Quito, it might have appeared to mark their consolidation. A traditional club from the Ecuadorian capital, they ended a 40 year wait for their third championship win in...