5 Mexican players cleared of doping

Five Mexican players who tested positive for the banned

substance clenbuterol were cleared by their country’s soccer

federation Friday.

The five – defenders Francisco Rodriguez and Edgar Duenas,

goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and midfielders Christian Bermudez and

Antonio Naelson – blamed the results on contaminated meat.

They tested positive in May during training camp in Mexico

before the Gold Cup. The players did not appear in the U.S.

tournament. The Mexican federation said it would notify FIFA of its

decision.

The federation attributed the positive tests to ”contaminated

food” and said there would be no punishment. The statement said

the players ”took all necessary measures to avoid ingesting or

consuming banned substances.”

Mexico President Felipe Calderon has acknowledged that

contamination is a problem in the country.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador also blamed

contaminated meat for his positive test for clenbuterol last

July.