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After reports that Portugal head coach Carlos Queiroz had been handed a six month suspension by the Portuguese Anti-Doping Authority (ADoP) the national team boss has issued a statement saying he is unaware of any such ban and that he will appeal should it turn out to be true.

According to Portuguese TV channel SIC, the country's anti-doping authority had decided on the punishment because of the coach's alleged behaviour during a testing session at a training camp in the run-up to the World Cup.

However both Queiroz and the Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) have said they had not been made aware of the decision of the anti-doping authority.

In a statement released through his solicitors, Queiroz said: "According to some reports, the ADoP has found proof - unlike the FPF - of breach and disturbance of anti-doping activity and has determined a six-month sentence.

"Neither I nor my solicitors have received any notification of this, making - if it is confirmed - the media the first to be informed of the decisions, ahead of the accused.

Queiroz added: "As for me, what matters is not the decision, but the lack of any wrongdoing [as was recognised by the FPF]. So I confirm that I will appeal this decision to the right institutions, namely to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"I will request, based on the statutory rules of CAS, that the decision be suspended until the appeal is heard."

The FPF refused to comment on the reports, as they awaited official notification.

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