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Cocaine kiss bites Gasquet again

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) says it has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over an independent tribunal's decision on Richard Gasquet's doping case.

sports Updated: Aug 06, 2009 23:15 IST

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) says it has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over an independent tribunal's decision on Richard Gasquet's doping case. The ITF's tribunal panel ruled last month that Gasquet inadvertently took cocaine by kissing a woman in a nightclub, and the Frenchman was cleared to resume playing after a two-month ban.

The ITF said it “can confirm that, jointly with WADA, it has appealed to CAS the decision of the independent tribunal in the case of Richard Gasquet.”

The tribunal panel said Gasquet consumed no more than “a grain of salt” of the drug, and a long ban would be an injustice.

Gasquet is also awaiting the results of a police investigation that could have a major impact on the ITF's decision. The independent tribunal gave Gasquet a much reduced two-month-and-15-day ban after he tested positive for cocaine. The ITF accepted his claim that he had “inadvertently” taken on the drug when kissing at length a woman, identified only as “Pamela”, in a nightclub.

Alongside his defence to the ITF, Gasquet also complained to police, claiming he had been “administered a noxious substance” unknowingly. Police followed up the complaint, taking hair samples from “Pamela” in June for independent testing.

“Pamela” has now brought a legal complaint of her own claiming she has been defamed by Gasquet’s description of her in the hearing.