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Carmona, Galindo Suspended for Doping

July 5, 2005

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Mexico’s soccer federation voted unanimously Monday to suspend defenders Salvador Carmona and Aaron Galindo for one year after the pair tested positive for a banned substance.

Federation president Alberto de la Torre said that both players took norandrosterone, a prohibited anabolic steroid. He said the players may have gotten it from a trainer at a gym controlled by the Mexican League squad Cruz Azul, where both play professionally.

Carmona and Galindo were sent back to Mexico from the Confederations Cup tournament in Germany on June 21 for what national team coach Ricardo Lavolpe originally termed ``disciplinary reasons.″ But after rumors swirled that both were dismissed for doping, soccer’s world-governing body, FIFA, called for an investigation and Mexican officials confirmed they had used banned substances.

De la Torre had said that team doctor Jose Luis Serrano told him the players had consumed drops of an unspecified medication on the prohibited list. De la Torre said Carmona and Galindo traveled to Germany before the results of previous doping tests were known.

The positive tests were confirmed by the UCLA Analytical Laboratory in Los Angeles. FIFA stressed the positive results did not take place during the Confederations Cup.

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