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FIFA suspends Jamaican footballer

FIFA has announced an unnamed Jamaican has been provisionally suspended.

Story highlights

  • An unnamed Jamaican footballer banned for 30 days after positive drugs test
  • The player has waived the right to have a second "B" sample tested
  • An unidentified team official has also been provisionally suspended
  • A host of elite Jamaican sprinters have tested positive in recent months

Jamaican sport continues to be overshadowed by doping after football's world governing body FIFA announced an unnamed footballer has been provisionally suspended following a positive drugs test.

Traces of a banned substance were found in a sample provided after a 2014 World Cup qualifying match between Jamaica and Honduras on June 11.

The player has foregone his right to have a second "B" sample analyzed and has been handed an initial 30-day suspension along with an unidentified team official, FIFA said in a statement.

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"The player and the official have until 12 August to inform FIFA whether they wish to request a hearing," said FIFA.

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"Irrespective of whether or not the player and the official request a hearing, the player, the official and/or the Jamaican FA have until 19 August to submit a statement to FIFA, together with all related and supporting documentary evidence."

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In July, high-profile Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson both tested positive for banned substances.

Powell, a former 100-meter world record holder who denies knowingly cheating, provided a sample which contained samples of the banned stimulant oxilofrine.

Simpson, a 100m silver medalist at the Beijing Olympics, tested positive for the same substance and also maintains her innocence.

What has been a dark period for Jamaican sprinting began in June when triple Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown was also provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned diuretics.

Campbell-Brown provided a "B" sample, which also tested positive. She denies any wrongdoing.

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