Bulgaria player tests positive

Yordan Minev (R) in action for Bulgaria against Italy's Emanuele Giaccherini.
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A Bulgaria player who tested positive for a "prohibited substances" after a World Cup qualifying match has been provisionally suspended by FIFA.


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Bulgarian media have reported that a spokesman for the national football association named the player involved as Yordan Minev, a 32-year-old defender with Ludogorets Razgrad.

FIFA said the player, who it did not identify, failed a doping control after Bulgaria's 2-1 win against Malta in Valletta on September 10.

"The analysis of the A sample has revealed the presence of prohibited substances," FIFA said in a statement.

Minev did not play in Malta, but all squad members can be selected among the two players typically chosen at random to give samples.

FIFA have imposed an initial 30-day suspension from all football, which includes Bulgaria's final two qualifiers against Armenia and the Czech Republic.

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