The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has dropped its appeal of a FIFA decision to clear doping charges of five Mexican players who were suspended after tests for clenbuterol came back positive.
WADA had filed its appear the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but upon examination of evidence submitted by the Mexican soccer federation (FMF) and FIFA concurred the positive tests were likely caused by contaminated meat, as had been cited by FMF. Clenbuterol is a steroid that is on the WADA list of banned substances utilitzed by many sporting bodies, including FIFA and the International Olympic Committee,
The players had supposedly eaten the contaminated meat during a training camp in Mexico prior to the Concacaf Gold Cup, which Mexico won despite the suspensions of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Edgar Duenas and Francisco Rodriguez, and midfielders Antonio Naelson and Christian Bermudez. FMF reinstated the players in July.