Former Chelsea star given drug ban reprieve - but is still unhappy

Deco has been told he will face no further sanctions from the Brazilian sports tribunal - but they stopped short of absolving him.

Plenty of Chelsea managers have been and gone over the past few years but today they find themselves back at Jose Mourinho once again.

Mourinho has just made the first signing of his second stint in charge at Stamford Bridge with the arrival of Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen; and with my best demonstration of tentative linking I can now speak about the first signing of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s reign in charge at the Bridge.

Scolari had worked with Deco previously when in charge of the Portuguese national team and he quickly snapped up the player for £8 million from Barcelona in the summer of 2008.

Deco stared his Chelsea career in scintillating style; scoring on his debut and winning the Premier League Player of the Month award in August.

But overall Deco’s experience at Chelsea was not entirely positive. When Scolari was fired Deco lost his place in the line-up and he soon declared:

"I do not want to stay. I have not liked my experience at Chelsea."

He eventually left the club in 2010; returning to his paternal home of Brazil with Fluminense.

But the life of Deco recently took a bizarre turn; when the 35-year-old tested positive for a banned substance.

Deco tested positive for the banned diuretic furosemide in April and was subsequently banned for an initial 30 days.

Original fears were he would be out for two years with the suspension however, despite not being absolved, the Brazilian sports tribunal accepted he took the substance unwittingly under the advice of his doctor and biochemist as they attempted to treat his persistent muscular injuries.

But while most would just be happy to get out there playing again Deco is still upset about the decision:

"In my opinion it is unfair. I should have been absolved. I wanted my name to be cleared because I know I am innocent. But the most important thing is that now I can get back to playing."

At 35-years-old with the injury history Deco has had a two-year suspension would have spelt curtains; so perhaps he should be grateful he can get back out on the playing field as soon as next month against Botafogo.

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