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
”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
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.