WADA asks for ban for Mexican players

Updated: August 19, 2011, 7:36 PM ET
By Rafael Ramos columnist profile | ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Four members of the Mexican national team that won the CONCACAF Gold Cup last June against the United States had positive results for clenbuterol previous to the start of the event, ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com has learned.

This result would bring up to nine the total known players tested positive, with three other names yet to be revealed, according to sources.

The World Anti-Doping Agency filed an appeal Friday to overturn the Mexican Football Federation decision not to impose sanctions against the players.

WADA considers that the five players have a positive doping control for clenbuterol and have thus violated the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations. WADA requested a two-year ban be imposed on each player.

Midfielders Gerardo Torrado and Angel Reyna, goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco and defender Ricardo Osorio had traces of the anabolic substance, which is known to be used to improve cattle growth and might have been ingested by the players during the training previous to the Cup, held in the United States last June.

Previous to the start of the Cup, Guillermo Ochoa, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Dueñas, Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez and Antonio Naelson had been separated because of positive results from the same UCLA lab. They were acquitted by MFF and presently are playing in Europe and the Apertura Mexican soccer tournament.

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