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Mexican Soccer Upholds Steroids Sanctions

February 23, 2006

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ The Mexican Soccer Federation upheld its one-year suspensions of Salvador Carmona and Aaron Galindo that followed positive tests for steroids, a penalty that will keep the two from playing at the World Cup.

The federation made its unanimous decision on Wednesday in response to a request in January from Cruz Azul to reduce the punishment.

Both players were suspended July 5 after testing positive for norandrosterone, a metabolite of the anabolic steroid nandrolone.

``For us this is a closed case,″ federation president Alberto de la Torre said. ``Cruz Azul asked us for a reduction in the punishment but this cannot be done. The players took prohibited substances, it’s that simple. They did not respect the rules.″

Federation secretary general Decio de Maria said the decision was influenced by FIFA’s opposition to any reduction.

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