Mexico Soccer: Mexico "Confident" They Can Replace 5 Suspended Players
Mexico Soccer Officials Hoping for Exoneration for Five Suspended
Five members of Mexico's Gold Cup team tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol. Team officials vehemently claim that the positives tests for goalkeeper Memo Ochoa, forward Christian "Hobbit" Bermudez, forward Sinha, defender Edgar Duenas and defender Francisco "Maza" Rodriguez are a result of the players eating tainted meat.
Clenbuterol can be used to speed up and increase muscle mass in animals (and humans).
Gold Cup organizers were investigating the case, including making a decision on whether to allow Mexico to call up five replacements.
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Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean thinks they will be able to replace them. He told ESPN:
"I'm sure they will say yes, I'm very confident,"
As for the players themselves, "We're doing all we can to get them exonerated," Compean also told ESPN. "The sanction could be from six months to two years but right now I'm not bothered about that, I'm concerned with getting (them) a pardon."
Farming officials are checking beef supplies at the national team's High Performance Center.
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