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
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
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