Charlotte: PSV Eindhoven defender Francisco Rodriguez and starting goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa were among five players dropped from Mexico's Gold Cup squad on Friday after testing positive for a banned substance.
Decio de Maria, the secretary general of the Mexican football federation, said Ochoa and Rodriguez — veterans of the 2010 World Cup — tested positive for clenbuterol. Also testing positive were defender Edgar Duenas and midfielders Christian Bermudez and Antonio Naelson.
De Maria said he believes the positive results come from the players eating contaminated beef. Last July, Tour de France champion Alberto Contador also tested positive for the banned anabolic agent and said he consumed the drug in tainted beef.