Brazil under-20 player tests positive for cocaine

The Brazilian football federation says striker Michael has been

dropped from the under-20 national team for testing positive for

cocaine after a match last month.

Fluminense said Tuesday in a news conference that Michael

admitted using cocaine before a match with the club’s senior squad

in the Rio de Janeiro state championship on April 6.

The 20-year-old Michael had been summoned for Brazil’s under-20

team which will play a series of friendlies next month.

The announcement comes less than a week after Fluminense

playmaker Deco tested positive for a banned diuretic. The former

Chelsea and Portugal midfielder said the substance likely stemmed

from contaminated vitamins.