Mexican Confed Cup players suspected of doping

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24 June 2005, FRANKFURT - Two Mexican players who were sent home from the Confederations Cup are suspected of doping, Mexico's football federation said on Friday.

24 June 2005

FRANKFURT - Two Mexican players who were sent home from the Confederations Cup are suspected of doping, Mexico's football federation said on Friday.

Salvador Carmona and Aaron Galindo have been expelled from the tournament in Germany, where Mexico is a semifinalist, federation head Alberto de la Torre told reporters.

An investigation has been launched, centred on the suspicion that the players used "a banned substance", a federation statement said.

Carmona and Galindo told the team doctor on Monday they had used some "drops", and they were sent home because the doctor had not prescribed the drops, de la Torre said.

He said he was unable to give the name of the substance, why the players had used it and whether it contained banned ingredients.

The two players will undergo a drug test within 48 hours, to be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles, de la Torre said.

Speculation about why the players were kicked off the squad had been swirling since officials said they were sent home for "disciplinary reasons".

FIFA, football's ruling body, has pressed the Mexican federation for a full explanation.

Confederations Cup chief organiser Franz Beckenbauer said previously he had received assurances from FIFA president Joseph Blatter that neither player had failed a dope test.

FIFA spokesman Markus Siegler said the federation will deliver a statement later Friday.

DPA

Subject: German news

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