WADA drops doping case vs Mexico soccer players

By the Associated Press | October 12, 2011 | 11:25 AM EDT

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The doping case has been dropped against five Mexican players who tested positive for clenbuterol before the Gold Cup.

The World Anti-Doping Agency says it has dropped its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport because it agreed with FIFA there was "compelling evidence" that the positive tests were caused by contaminated meat.

WADA had challenged a Mexico Football Federation decision clearing the players of doping.

FIFA had said Mexico has a "serious health problem" with meat contaminated with clenbuterol. WADA says Mexico's government has agreed to address the issue.

Mexico won the Gold Cup in June despite the absence of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Edgar Duenas and Francisco Rodriguez, and midfielders Antonio Naelson and Christian Bermudez.