Blatter backs decision to drop doping charges

FIFA president Sepp Blatter says five Mexico footballers who

tested positive for clenbuterol did so because they ate food that

was ”definitely” contaminated, and he says he backs the decision

of the Mexico Football Federation to exonerate the players.

Blatter is in Mexico for Sunday’s final of the under-17 World

Cup.

”It’s definitely a case of food contamination,” Blatter said.

”It is a warning, especially an economic one for different

countries that export meat.”

The Mexican federation said Friday it would not punish the five

players, who tested positive during a training camp in May.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador also blamed

contaminated meat for his positive test for clenbuterol last

July.

Blatter said FIFA agreed with the decision and said the world

governing body had a copy of Mexico’s report on the incident.

The five players – goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Edgar

Duenas and Francisco Rodriguez, and midfielders Antonio Naelson and

Christian Bermudez – were banned from playing in the Gold Cup in

June in the United States. Mexico went on to win the regional

championship, defeating the United States 4-2 in the final.

Clenbuterol has been used to accelerate growth in animals.

Mexico President Felipe Calderon has acknowledged that

contamination is a problem in the country.