Photo: Antonio Naelson "Sinha" one of the suspended members of the Mexican National team
Five players from Mexico’s national soccer team have been suspended after they failed drug tests taken on May 21, just before the start of the CONCACAF’s Gold Cup.
At a news conference on Thursday, Secretary General of the Mexican Football Federation (Femexfut), Decio de Maria announced that Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas, Guillermo Ochoa, Francisco Javier Rodriguez, and Antonio Naelson “Sinha” have been suspended after their drug test came back positive for clenbuterol, a banned anabolic substance.
Clenbuterol can be found in meat, and De Maria blames the test results on meat from a restaurant the players ate at just before the testing. Hector Gonzalez, Femexfut’s director of national teams agrees with De Maria, and said the tainted meat was to blame.
“Unfortunately, by accident, these players ate beef contaminated with the substance clenbuterol,” Gonzalez said at a press conference after the team’s 5-0 win over Cuba.
Samples from the restaurant in question, which the team frequented, are being tested, and based on the outcome of the tests, the players may be subject to additional punishment, including a two-year ban from the sport.