Five Mexico internationals have tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.
The players named are goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Francisco Rodriguez and Edgar Duenas and midfielders Antonio Naelson ‘Sinha’ and Christian Bermudez.
Mexico are taking part in Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States.
Despite the controversy, Mexico booked their place in the quarter-finals on Thursday with a 5-0 victory over Cuba.
“We will wait for the final result [of the investigation],” said Mexico coach Jose Manuel De La Torre after the game.
“Not having all the players hurt but we will be waiting for Concacaf’s decision.” (BBC Sport)
Mexican football officials have blamed tainted chicken for the mass failed drug test but it remains to be seen whether this excuse will be accepted, clearly for so many players to be affected would lead you to imagine this was some sort of accidental consumption of a banned substance rather than institutional doping on a national scale.
Clearly the lack of players will affect team selection but it seems that Mexico can fairly easily cope with the sub standard opposition in the Gold Cup.