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FIFA lifts Bulgaria player’s doping suspension

September 26, 2013

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has lifted the suspension of a Bulgaria player, hours after announcing he tested positive for doping at a World Cup qualifying match.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee chairman, Claudio Sulser, “revoked his decision ... following clarification by medical bodies.”

FIFA says “it appears that there is no circumstantial evidence that anti-doping rules have been violated.”

Earlier Thursday, FIFA announced that a player tested positive for “prohibited substances” after Bulgaria’s 2-1 win against Malta in Valletta on Sept. 10.

The player, who Bulgarian media identified as Ludogorets Razgrad defender Yordan Minev, faced an initial 30-day suspension from all football while FIFA prosecuted his case.

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