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Mexico Reinstates, Clears Five Players Previously Suspended For Doping

The five players that Mexico suspended during the Gold Cup have all been reinstated citing "the absence of guilt."

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FMF Reinstates, Clears Five Mexico Players Previously Suspended For Doping

The five Mexico players who were suspended after the first match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for doping have all been reinstated and cleared by the Mexico Football Federation citing an "absence of guilt." Guillermo Ochoa, Christian Bermudez, Francisco Rodríguez, Antonio Dueñas Nealson Sinha and Edgar all tested positive for clenbuterol and were replaced on the Gold Cup roster, not that heir absence affected Mexico at all. El Tri went on to win the tournament in convincing fashion without the five, finishing with a 4-2 win over the United States in the final.

The FMF has determined that the positive tests were a result of eating contaminated meat and that there was no intent to cheat involved whatsoever. When FIFA and CONCACAF agreed to allow Mexico to replace the five players on their Gold Cup roster they did cite the lack of intent to cheat in their reasoning as well.

"It has always been careful (with suppliers of food), but if you want to accept the word accident (relative to clenbuterol positive), we have a good time here. No blame," said FMF secretary Decio De Maria.

While the FMF has cleared the five players, FIFA or the World Anti-doping Agency can still challenge the positive tests and reinstatement. The FMF has sent their report to both organizations with the hope that they will agree with the five players' reinstatement. If FIFA or WADA would like to appeal the verdict that the FMF has reached they would have to begin their own investigation though.


Four More Mexican Players Reportedly Test Positive For Banned Substance

Four more Mexican players have reportedly tested positive from the banned substance clenbuterol, but have not failed doping tests. This follows news that five players were banned for testing positive for the same substance a month ago.

Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean was quick to point out that the positive tests were for trace amounts. They also refused to release the names:

"Any of us could have these traces (shown by the four players). They are nothing more than traces but these haven't reached a level which would be classified as doping," added Compean.

The news continues a tumultuous off-the-field period for the FMF. In addition to the nine players testing positive for a banned substance, eight players were kicked off the Copa America team after they allegedly allowed prostitutes into their hotel rooms. Israel Jimenez, Nestor Vidrio, Jonathan Dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Jorge Hernandez, Javier Cortes, David Cabrera and Nestor Calderon were also fined the equivalent of about $4,200.


FIFA And CONCACAF Allow Mexico To Replace Five Suspended Players

FIFA and CONCACAF will allow Mexico to replace the five players  who have been suspended for doping on their Gold Cup roster. After the team's first match of the tournament, the Mexican Football Federation suspended Fransisco 'Maza' Rodriguez, Guillermo 'Memo' Ochoa, Edgar Dueñas, Sinha and Christian 'Hobbit' Bermudez for failing a doping test. Ever since, Mexico has played short on players, but FIFA and CONCACAF have determined that they can replace those five players on the roster for the remainder of the tournament.

"There’s a certain level of drug in the bloodstream and FIFA’s decision to agree with WADA [the World Anti-Doping Agency] is that that these players can’t play at this time," FIFA Secretary Jerome Valcke said at a press conference in Mexico City. "FIFA will authorize, if [the FMF] so wishes, that the five players be replaced because it’s very difficult to see if this was a question of tainted food or if it was intentional."

FIFA has yet to make a determination as to whether the positive test was intentional or, as the FMF have said, a matter of tainted meat. While that is sorted out, FIFA will not rule on the length of the punishment for the five players beyond the remainder of the Gold Cup.

Prior to the positive tests, Mexico was already played down a man because Ricardo Orsorio left the team to receive treatment for an illness. His absence, along with the five suspended players, forced Mexico to play with 17 men in the last two Gold Cup matches, one short of the number needed for a full bench. The FMF have yet to announce which players they will call in to replace the suspended five.

Mexico won Group A with three dominating wins that saw them outscore their opponents, 14-1. They will play Guatemala in the quarterfinals on Saturday in East Rutherford, NJ and are considered the favorites to win the final on June 25 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.


Five Banned Mexico Players Pass Second Doping Test

The five Mexican National Team players that were removed from the Gold Cup roster after testing positive for clenbuterol, have now passed a second drug test according to Mexico football officials. 

Fransisco 'Maza' Rodriguez, Guillermo 'Memo' Ochoa, Edgar Dueñas, Sinha, Ricardo Osorio and Christian 'Hobbit' Bermudez were all suspended after Mexico's first Gold Cup match despite claims from the federation and players that the positive test were caused by contaminated meat consumed during the team's pre-tournament camp outside of Mexico City. There is apparently some precedent for meat causing false positives for clenbuterol on drug test and the results of these new tests seem to lend credence to the claim.

The players have now requested a second backup "B" test of the initials samples from May 21st that started this controversy. Despite the results of the new test, the five players remain out of the Gold Cup until the results on the new "B" sample test come back. A clean "B" sample likely means immediate reinstatement for the players, awhile another positive will likely force the FMF to continue their investigation.

For more on this developing story and on Mexican football, visit SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.


Will Positive Test Nix Guillermo Ochoa's Rumored Move To PSG?

Six players from the Mexican national team have tested positive for a banned substance and while the matter is still being investigated, they have been removed from the team in the middle of the Gold Cup. That is the immediate result of the ban and it keeps the players out of the tournament, while also threatening the team's chances to win the Gold Cup, but there is also the long-term effect this could have on the players.

One of the players who tested positive is Guillermo Ochoa and there are certainly long-term ramifications for the goalkeeper. He had been rumored to be on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-German, but could this positive test ruin his chances of making the European move? Kevin McCauley from SB Nation's FMF blog FMF State of Mind takes a look at how the positive test could affect Ochoa's move. 

There are a couple of schools of thought here. One, they don't want the negative publicity. It's quite possible that Ochoa's positive test for clenbuterol was 100 percent accidental, and that he will be cleared of any wrongdoing within the next couple of months. However, Gregory Coupet has retired and PSG are going to want a new goalkeeper to play through the entirety of their pre-season training camp. They can't wait until August to bring in a goalkeeper. If they don't want the negative publicity they would get for signing Ochoa, they're not going to wait until he's cleared. They're just going to sign someone else.

There is also the school of thought that this positive test could actually help Ochoa's possible move. Exactly what the impact of this positive test on Ochoa is remains a question, but the one thing that is not a question is that for now, Mexico are ata distinct disadvantage.


Six Mexico Players Banned For Positive Doping Tests

Just one match into their Gold Cup campaign, Mexico are already playing from behind. In fact, they are six behind after the Mexican Football Federation announced that six players have been removed from the team after positive doping tests. Fransisco 'Maza' Rodriguez, Guillermo 'Memo' Ochoa, Edgar Dueñas, Sinha, Ricardo Osorio and Christian 'Hobbit' Bermudez all tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

The FMF has said that they believe the positive test was a result of tainted chicken or meat consumed between May 17 and May 20. If true, that would help the players' case because it would not be a result of intentional doping, but it would not exonerate the six.

The positive test for Osorio will not impact the team because he had already returned to Mexico to receive treatment for an illness, but the other five will all step away from the team while the matter is investigated further and any appeals process plays out. This leaves the team with just 17 players for tonight's Gold Cup match against Cuba and may leave them short on players for the remainder of the tournament if CONCACAF does not grant them a special exemption to add players to their roster.

Because the test was conducted by the FMF and not as part of the competition there is no threat of Mexico having to forfeit their 5-0 win over El Salvador that opened Gold Cup play. The players are facing a one-year suspension if the positive tests are upheld.

For more on this developing story and on Mexican football, visit SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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