Sven Verdonck suspended globally

Updated: March 11, 2011, 10:55 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA says it has banned Belgian player Sven Verdonck worldwide after he tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

FIFA extended the 23-year-old Verdonck's suspension globally through May 20, 2012, after he was first sanctioned by the Netherlands soccer federation. Verdonck played for Dutch second-division club Fortuna Sittard in April last year when he tested positive for stanozolol.

The same drug was used by sprinter Ben Johnson at the 1988 Olympics.

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