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Jamaican footballer tests positive

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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KINGSTON – A member of Jamaica’s senior football team campaigning for next year’s World Cup in Brazil has tested positive for a banned substance.
Officials have not released the name of the player, a midfielder, who returned an adverse analytical finding following the CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 11.
“During the World Cup qualifying match, Honduras vs Jamaica, on June 11, 2013 a member of the Jamaican squad returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample,” said a statement from the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).
“The JFF has taken this matter very seriously and a thorough investigation has already started by the chairman of the JFF medical committee (Guyan Arscott).”
The player has been informed and the JFF says it’s awaiting further information from FIFA who conducted the test.
The news comes on the heels of the revelation that a number of Jamaican athletes including Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson had tested positive for drugs.
“I think there are extenuating circumstances, because the player in question did not even play in the game,” Burrell said.
“It is a sensitive matter and we have to try and protect the player and everybody, but I hope that things will work out in a way where it won’t affect him.
“If you want to play, but you have some pain and you are sick and a doctor gives you something to help you, nobody can hold you responsible.”
Jamaica will attempt to revive their CONCACAF World Cup campaign when they play away against Panama on September 6.
The JFF said that FIFA will manage the doping case. The player is likely to receive a provisional ban during disciplinary proceedings.
In a previous doping case, Peru midfielder Joel Sanchez was provisionally suspended when testing positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after a 1-1 draw in Bolivia last October. (CMC/AP)