MEXICO CITY – FIFA says it will allow Mexico to replace the five players who have been dropped from the Gold Cup team after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said on Friday in Mexico at the Under-17 World Cup that it approved the move and was asking CONCACAF, the regional governing body, to implement it.
The five players and the Mexican federation are blaming the positive tests on contaminated meat. The players involved are defenders Francisco Rodriguez and Edgar Duenas, goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, and midfielders Christian Bermudez and Antonio Naelson.
Mexico plays a quarterfinal against Guatemala on Saturday in New Jersey.