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Liege's Kaklamanos fails dope test

Corporate Governance
Brussels (Belgium)

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Standard Liege forward Alexandros Kaklamanos has failed a dope test for cocaine, Belgian soccer officials have announced.

The Greek player failed the test after a game against FC Brussels on August 28, Belgian FA spokesman Nicolas Cornu said.

Standard Liege confirmed the news of the dope test on its website.

The club were told of the positive test by the association on Thursday but decided not to publish details because the team were playing Bochum in a UEFA Cup first-round match the same day and they wanted players to prepare calmly.

Kaklamanos, 30, has 10 days to ask for a B test. Under FIFA rules he could face a two-year suspension in the event of a second positive sample.

Pierre Francois, the general director of Standard Liege, said: "The player will be fired if the second test is positive."

Kaklamanos joined Standard Liege last year and played 28 league games last season, scoring seven goals.

He had spent the three previous years with Ghent, after one season with Charleroi.

Kaklamanos started his career in Greece with Olympiakos Piraeus in 1994.

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