Pyramids winger Ibrahim Hassan was hit with a two-month ban and a suspended 22-month ban for a doping offence, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old failed a doping test following Pyramids’ Confederation Cup semi-final win over Guinea’s AC Horoya on 20 October.
The club said he had taken a medication “with good intentions” without consulting the team doctor to treat an unspecified medical condition.
“The Disciplinary Board decided to impose upon the player a suspension of two (2) years, of which twenty-two (22) months are suspended on the condition that the player is not found guilty of a similar offence within two years,” CAF said in a statement.
“Therefore Ibrahim Hassan is suspended for Two (2) months starting the date of his Therapeutic Use Exemption Application, namely starting from the 18th of November 2020 until the 18th of January 2021.”
Hassan, who joined Pyramids FC from Zamalek in the summer of 2019, scored five goals and provided seven assists in 37 appearances with Pyramids in all competitions last season.
Pyramids were also fined $10,000 by CAF for the behaviour of their fans and players during the Confederation Cup final against Morocco’s RS Berkane, which they had lost 1-0 to miss out on their first ever title.
“Some Pyramids FC team supporters tried to force the safety cordon into the handrail to reach the referee. Certain players of this team and their management thus lacked the spirit of Fairplay by trying to attack the refereeing body,” CAF’s statement read.