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Report: Four more unnamed Mexican players tested positive for clenbuterol

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By FRANCO PANIZO

If there wasn't already enough of a cloud surrounding Mexico and its players' use of clenbuterol, now comes word that more of the players on the Gold Cup-winning team reportedly tested positive for the banned substance.

According to Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo, FIFA Medical Director Jiri Dvorak announced Friday that four more of the 14 Mexicans that took the anti-doping test prior to the tournament have tested positive, bringing the total to nine players. The identities of the additional players who tested positive are unknown, and the Mexican federation does not plan to disclose that information on the basis that the players did not intentionally dope.

FMF President Justino Compean believes that to be the case, because the levels of the positive test from the four additional players were lower than those of the first five and low enough that they do not suggest doping.

The Mexican federation also thinks that the results of the four additional players support the case of the original five who blamed the failed tests on tainted meat and chicken.

The confirmation that more players tested for the substance comes about a week after FIFA president Sepp Blatter had acknowledged that fact in an interview conducted in Spanish.

The five original players to originally test positive were Guillermo Ochoa, Sinha, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas and Francisco Rodríguez. Those players were removed and replaced from Mexico's Gold Cup team.

What do you think of this development? Think the players should be named? Does this taint Mexico's Gold Cup victory?

Share your thoughts below.

136 comments
  • beachbum

    no excuses at all. like I said, I’ve congratulated Mexico.

    doesn’t change the facts of what has been found in 9 players…nine.

    doesn’t change what was found…Clenbuterol.

    doesn’t change what Clenbuterol is…a performance enhancer.

    I’m not responsible for those facts. you guys are hilariously defensive.

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  • cuau

    I can’t stand you or you’re comments! You are so “holier than thou” always!

    Mexico beat you at the very last minute at Azteca also or am I wrong?

    Just accept Mexico is way more talented…no.

    The Usmnt must be crapping their pant just as the rest of them!!! Everyone knows NO ONE like drugs more than Gringos! So let FIFA start running mandatory drug tests. You never know maybe the US would drop 50 places in the rankings, because as far as I know for ten years when US dominated Mexico, you could’ve been using far more stronger things than the measly Clembuterol!

    If this was really an issue the mighty US would NOT be sitting back “forgiving” Mexico!!!

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  • Roberto

    START testing the USMNT players pronto! And everyone else for that matter! Let’s see who laughs last!

    Meanwhile cheers, I’m in incredible Mexico City drinking cervezas and don Julio, enjoying the beautiful senoritas and the incredible scenery from my bachelor pad in bisques de las lomas.

    Enjoy!!!

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  • Sam Houston

    Because Mexico did not win over a European team.

    Also, imagine the comments from the Amigo’s if the US had taken drugs and won the gold cup? More than Loredo Texas would be threatened.

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  • Brett

    If there is even a hint that Mexico was breaking a rule to gain an unfair advantage, there should be action taken by CONCACAF, if not FIFA itself. All of the teams that played against Mexico deserve to know which players violated the rule.

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  • Brett

    Sorry, but I don’t buy the “clearly they didn’t cheat because they cheated poorly” defense.

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  • Rod

    Clenbuterol doesn’t make you “less tired.” And FIFA already stated it wasn’t even enough quantity to consider it “doping.” It was a “trace amount.” Just sayin’

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  • Rod

    That’s not what clembuterol does, and FIFA already stated it was too small of an amonut to even consider it doping.

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  • Rod

    Huh? They won’t because this isn’t considered doping. It was “trace amounts” of a substance that doesnt enhance performance.

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  • Rod

    What’s weak sauce? They ate tainted meat, they got contaminated with “trace amounts” of a substance that is not performance enhancing, just helps you lose weight quickly. FIFA said it wasn’t even enough to be considered doping.

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  • Rod

    What difference does it make? It’s wasn’t even enough to be considered doping.

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  • Rod

    Um.. no. It wasn’t enough to be considered doping. Trace amounts of a non-performance inducing substance found in tainted meat.

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  • Rod

    No it doesn’t. It was unintentional consumption of the substance, and the “trace amounts” found aren’t enough to be considered doping or performance enhancing.

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  • Rod

    Nobody gave it to them. They ate tainted meat. And the ‘trace amount’ found wasn’t even enough to be considered doping.

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  • Rod

    Last I checked, eating bad meat is not considered “low standards.” But nice try.

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  • Rod

    So it’s a coincidence that this happened after there had been a widespread clebuterol-contamination warning for food in Mexico? Stop being conspiracy theorists. Besides, the “trace amounts” found weren’t even enough to be considered doping.

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  • Rod

    Cover up of what? Trace levels of clembuterol which aren’t even enough to be considered doping?

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  • Rod

    Last I checked, eating tainted meat with *trace* amounts of a controlled substance isn’t considered “non-fair-play.”

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  • Rod

    Huh? They hadn’t found out about them until now, and what they found is that the level was so low, it’s not even considered doping. Scandalous how?

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  • Rod

    As FIFA and UCLA stated, it’s not performance enhancing when found in such small amounts.

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  • Brett

    The fact that you credit that line as gospel only shows your bias. If you knew anything about the substance you would know that the results differ depending on the dosage. “Enough to be considered doping” could be an amount consistent with assisting in muscle growth, whereas “not enough to be considered doping” could be simply enough to help the body’s recovery factor increase.

    The major point is that this opens up all kinds of doubts and questions that deserve answers. Period.

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  • Pancho Villa

    Read Sam Houston’s comments above. Also, no one forced you on this blog site.

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  • Martha

    Have fun in Mexico City try not to get kidnapped. I’m in lovelier Chicago at the taste and it’s smog n kidnapper free with a ice cold pepsi.

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  • Martha

    Well Joe your welcome for the history lesson u should by a thing with paper called a book and you would learn too. I said the federation cheats not just the kids. AROD ? WTF ? Baseball who cares about baseball when a us soccer players tests positive then u have an argument. Are u going to use enroll as an example moron? Thanks for correcting my spelling I’m typing from a cell phone but feel free to nit pick about 1 or 2 letters. I’m glad your so mad you resort to bashing my cell typing. If the hooker thing wasn’t our business it wouldn’t be in the paper duh! Yea well let’s see the rose bowl are full of ” malgradicido” Mexicans who root against the us and refuse to give anyone in their confederation respect. Did u bow down and accept us dominance over mex and accept it in the dos a cero years? Didnt think so so shut it. And FYI I’m an MLS season ticket holder whose been to two wc’s smarty pantalones

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  • Sminny

    It doesn’t help with recovery but it does increase aerobic capacity allowing one to breathe easier and therefore train more efficiently. Don’t know if it’s a result of tainted meat or not, (and neither do you) but it certainly is concerning if they were doping.

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  • Kevin_Amold

    I ask people of your ilk one question. Which of the two teams, USA and Mexico, had players test positive for drugs recently?

    We all know the answer, so what does “NO ONE like[s] drugs more than gringos” have to do with anything? It’s a silly line.

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  • Daniel

    These are the players:

    Gerardo Torrado, Ángel Reyna, Ricardo Osorio and Jonathan Orozco.

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  • Mark

    Doping and whores. Classy, Mexico. Hope they used condoms. Wouldn’t want the prostitutes to taint their meat.

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  • Bruce

    Hey rod it doesn’t matter if the ate contaminated chicken or not. The fact is they tested
    Positive on a banned substance. Even if it is, as you have put so many times, a trace substance not even enough to consider doping. It doesn’t matter how much they test positive for. Those dirty spicks still tested positive for a drug and shouldn’t be swept under the rug and they should have to forfeit all winning from the gold cup

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  • Soccer Fan

    The executives of the FMF need to take the fall for this. They are responsible for the food they feed their players during their training camps.

    Having said that, the tests were conducted several weeks before the tournament. At the time of the gold cup the team was free of contamination. Plus, Mexico conducted those tests voluntarily…. something that not all teams do!

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