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FIFA Allows Mexico To Replace Players Banned For Doping

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In the next chapter of the Mexican national team doping scandal, FIFA announced today that Mexico will be allowed to replace their suspended players for the rest of their Gold Cup run. Though they have passed a second drug test, the five players who were initially suspended will remain suspended for the time being, pending the results of the test of their "B" samples.

Since that B sample result is pending, no official suspension has been handed down for the players, but word on the street is that they will be banned for one year if the B samples test positive like the A samples did. There is no word yet on whether or not Jose Manuel 'Chepo' de la Torre will call in replacement players, or if he does, if he will call in five.

The players who were headed to Copa America are already training with a national team camp and not with their clubs for pre-season, so dealing with clubs to get players released for the remainder of Gold Cup shouldn't be an issue. It would be surprising if Mexico already had replacements with the team for their quarterfinal match on Saturday, but you never know.