Mexican Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa Suspended ; Tested Positive for Clenbuterol

Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa Banned

Five Mexican Player including Goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa suspended after tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.

Breaking News of the moment comes from Mexico where Mexican Football Federation has suspended five players after they were tested positive for banned substance named Clenbuterol.

The banned players include Guillermo Ochoa (Club America), defenders Francisco Javier Rodriguez (PSV) and Edgar Duenas (Toluca), midfielders Antonio Naelson (Toluca) and Christian Bermudez (Atlanta).

Mexican Football Federation General Secretary, Decio de Maria said that the five players were suspended with immediate effect. They could also potentially face a two year ban from the sport if the investigations turned up any wrongdoing. However, he also added that tainted chicken or beef could be the cause of the banned substance appearing in their urine samples.

“We know there is a health alert throughout the country because of food contaminated with Clenbuterol and that will be taken into account for the investigation.”

Currently Mexico is playing in the CONCACAF tournament in the United States.

Clenbuterol (trade names: Spiropent, Ventipulmin) is a sympathomimetic amine used by sufferers of breathing disorders as a decongestant and bronchodilator. Clenbuterol has also been used as a performance-enhancing drug. It is the same drug that produced Tour de France champion Alberto Contador’s positive test last year.

The U.S. anti-doping agency said clenbuterol has also been used to promote growth in livestock, including cattle, lamb, poultry and swine, although such use is illegal in the U.S. and Europe and the risk of a positive drug test from ingesting meat contaminated by clenbuterol is small.