France keeper banned after drug test

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Fabien Barthez, the French international goalkeeper, has been banned for two months after a drug test showed traces of cannabis.

The punishment imposed by the French federation, the FFF, includes a further suspended ban of two months and means that the 24-year-old Monaco player could struggle to regain his place for this summer's European Championship.

Barthez's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, said the goalkeeper would not appeal in order to complete the ban as quickly as possible. "The sanction is acceptable since there remains a possibility for Barthez to play in Euro 96. But I'm afraid the FFF needed a scapegoat," he said.

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