ZURICH (AP) – FIFA has suspended five members of North Korea's Women's World Cup squad who tested positive for prohibited substances, and banned the team from participating at the 2015 edition of the tournament.
FIFA says Thursday that Jong Pok Sim, Hong Myong Hui, Ho Un Byol and Ri Un Hyang have been suspended from all football-related activity for 18 months, while Song Jong Sun is ineligible for 14 months.
North Korea's football federation has also been fined $400,000, while team doctor Nam Jong Ae has been banned for six years.
Defenders Song and Jong failed drugs tests before North Korea's World Cup game against Colombia, leading to the entire squad being tested.
Colombia's Yineth Varon has also received a two-year ban for doping.