By FRANCO PANIZO
If there wasn't already enough of a cloud surrounding Mexico and its players' use of clenbuterol, now comes word that more of the players on the Gold Cup-winning team reportedly tested positive for the banned substance.
According to Mexican outlet Medio Tiempo, FIFA Medical Director Jiri Dvorak announced Friday that four more of the 14 Mexicans that took the anti-doping test prior to the tournament have tested positive, bringing the total to nine players. The identities of the additional players who tested positive are unknown, and the Mexican federation does not plan to disclose that information on the basis that the players did not intentionally dope.
FMF President Justino Compean believes that to be the case, because the levels of the positive test from the four additional players were lower than those of the first five and low enough that they do not suggest doping.
The Mexican federation also thinks that the results of the four additional players support the case of the original five who blamed the failed tests on tainted meat and chicken.
The confirmation that more players tested for the substance comes about a week after FIFA president Sepp Blatter had acknowledged that fact in an interview conducted in Spanish.
The five original players to originally test positive were Guillermo Ochoa, Sinha, Christian Bermudez, Edgar Duenas and Francisco Rodríguez. Those players were removed and replaced from Mexico's Gold Cup team.
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