5 Mexican players cleared of doping
Five Mexican players who tested positive for the banned
substance clenbuterol were cleared by their country’s soccer
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
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