FIFA Revokes Doping Suspension of Bulgaria International

Sports | September 26, 2013, Thursday // 16:43| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: FIFA Revokes Doping Suspension of Bulgaria International Yordan Minev. Photo by LAP.bg

FIFA has revoked the provisional suspension of Bulgaria international Yordan Minev just hours after it said he had failed a drug test.

FIFA initially stated that an unnamed Bulgarian player tested positive for a banned substance following a World Cup qualifier against Malta on September 10.

The Bulgarian Football Union revealed the player was full back Yordan Minev.

However, it now appears the international governing body has made a mistake.

"The chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee has revoked his decision to suspend a Bulgarian international footballer for a period of 30 days,” FIFA said in a statement.

"The decision was taken following clarification by medical bodies, on the basis of which it appears that there is no circumstantial evidence that anti-doping rules have been violated."

Minev's club, Ludogorets Razgrad, explained in a statement earlier on Thursday that the reason for the doping test result was a painkiller injection administered by national team doctors.

The fact that the painkiller injection contained a banned substance was duly noted by the medics that carried out the doping tests after the game, Ludogorets said, citing the Bulgarian Football Union.

Minev did not play in Bulgaria’s 2:1 away win against Malta.

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