Buenos Aires: Argentina players took banned drugs before a qualifying match against Australia for the 1994 World Cup, Diego Maradona said Monday.
Maradona made the claim on Argentine television and accused FIFA vice president Julio Grondona, the head of Argentina's Football Association, of knowing about the doping.
"Why weren't there any anti-doping controls in the match with Australia if we had them in all the other games?" Maradona asked during an interview on The Football Show. "They give you 10 anti-doping controls and only the match that decides whether Argentina will go to the United States or not, there is no anti-doping control. That's the cheat and Grondona knew about it.