Ferdinand loses appeal, will remain suspended
☆ appeal 上诉
Posted: Thursday March 18, 2004 4:43PM; Updated: Thursday March 18, 2004 7:25PM
LONDON (AP) -- Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand remains suspended for eight months for missing a drug test after losing an appeal on Thursday.
☆ defender 后卫
The England star had been found guilty of failing to appear for a doping test at Manchester United's training ground on Sept. 23.
☆ training ground 训练场地
doping test 兴奋剂检查
A three-man Independent Appeal Commission upheld the verdict and the eight-month sanction which runs until Sept. 20. It means Ferdinand won't be able to play for England at this summer's European Championship in Portugal and can't play for United until a month into next season.
☆ sanction 制裁
By appealing, Ferdinand ran the risk of the suspension being extended. But the panel turned down an application by the Football Association to increase the ban to 12 months.
☆ panel 全体陪审员，在此指前述的三人审查小组或三人审查委员会。
The World Anti Doping Agency said Ferdinand was lucky to have avoided a two-year ban, the norm for missing a drug test in other sports. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was furious that the Football Association didn't suspend Ferdinand from the moment he failed to appear for the test.
☆ FIFA 国际足联(大部分的GG都知道，但是可能有小部分的MM不知道是什么意思)
He said that the way the FA had handled the matter was a good example of how not to deal with a drug case.
☆ FA 英足协
But the appeal hearing dismissed any suggestion that Ferdinand had avoided the test because he was taking drugs. He has always denied taking drugs and, when he was tested a day after his missed appointment, the findings were negative.
☆ hearing 听证会
Ferdinand claimed he simply forgot about the drug test appointment last September.
In December, a three-man disciplinary panel found him guilty of a misconduct charge. He was also fined 50,000 pounds (US$87,000).
At the time, Manchester United described the suspension as "savage and unprecedented." Although Ferdinand decided to appeal, he agreed to begin serving the suspension on Jan. 20.