FIFA Rejoice at WADA’s Decision to Drop Case Opposing Mexican Ruling on Doping

October 13, 2011

FIFA have welcomed the decision taken by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to withdraw its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) regarding the decision not to sanction five Mexican footballers who tested positive for clenbuterol during the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June 2011.

Five Mexican soccer players who tested positive for the druf before the Gold Cup will not face sanctions after FIFA determined the tests were caused by contaminated meat.

The WADA said Wednesday it had dropped its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, ampoule where it planned to challenge a Mexico Football Federation decision clearing the players of doping.

This announcement by WADA confirms the initial decision taken by the Mexican Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee to clear the players of any wrongdoing, troche which FIFA agreed with and supported after surveying the case. The studies conducted by FIFA showed the correctness of the footballers’ claim that the positive samples were the result of meat they had ingested at a training camp ahead of the tournament.

WADA looked at FIFA studies and research, including compelling evidence from a FIFA study at the U-17 World Cup in Mexico that indicates a serious health problem in Mexico with regard to meat contaminated with clenbuterol. FIFA studies have helped assist Mexican authorities in their fight to tackle this public health issue, which is now being urgently addressed by the Mexican government.

“WADA applauds FIFA for the further research it has initiated,” the anti-doping watchdog said in a statement.