5 Mexican players cleared of doping

Five Mexican football players who tested positive for the banned

substance clenbuterol have been cleared by the Mexican Football

Federation and will not face punishment.

The five players – defenders Francisco Rodriguez and Edgar

Duenas, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and midfielders Christian

Bermudez and Antonio Naelson – tested positive in May at a training

camp in Mexico prior to the Gold Cup tournament in the United

States.

The players did not player in the Gold Cup and blamed the

positive tests on contaminated meat.

In a statement Friday, the federation said its disciplinary

commission findings showed the positive tests were ”due to

contaminated food” and said no punishments would be meted out.

The statement said ”the players took all necessary measures to

avoid ingesting or consuming banned substances.”

The Mexican federation said it would notify FIFA of its

decision.

The move is sure to raise some eyebrows, although Mexico

President Felipe Calderon acknowledged that contamination is a

problem in the country.

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador also has blamed

contaminated meat for his positive test for clenbuterol last

July.