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Jamaican Soccer Player Suspended by FIFA for Failed Drug Test

Aug. 6 (Bloomberg) -- World soccer governing body FIFA provisionally suspended a member of Jamaica’s national team for failing a drug test during World Cup qualifying.

FIFA said in a statement the player and a Jamaica team official, neither of whom were identified, were banned for an initial period of 30 days and that an investigation has been opened.

The player tested positive in his “A” sample for a prohibited substance following a qualifying match in Honduras on June 11 and has waived his right to have the “B” sample analyzed, FIFA said.

Both the player and official have until Aug. 12 to request a hearing and must submit a statement, along with all related and supporting evidence, to the governing body by Aug. 19.

FIFA said its anti-doping regulations prohibit the naming of any players or officials, the prohibited substance or the consequences imposed until it’s been determined at a hearing that a violation has occurred.

Jamaican track athletes Asafa Powell, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson have recently tested positive for banned substances, although they’ve denied knowingly taking them.

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