(WFI) FIFA has provisionally suspended a Jamaica international footballer and a Jamaica team official for 30 days after they failed drugs tests following a 2014 World Cup qualifier against Honduras on June 11.

World football’s governing body has launched disciplinary proceedings against the unnamed player and official. They have until August 12 to inform FIFA whether they wish to request a hearing and another week to submit a statement and supporting documentary evidence.

The Jamaica Football Federation received notification from FIFA that the international player had “returned an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample” on July 25.

“The JFF has taken this matter very seriously and a thorough investigation has already started by the chairman of the JFF Medical Committee,” the JFF said on their website at the time.

FIFA gave no details about the prohibited substances for which the pair tested positive.

“In line with article 74 paragraph 2 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, only after it has been determined in a hearing that an anti-doping violation has occurred may FIFA publicly report the anti-doping rule violated, the name of the player or other person who committed the violation, the prohibited substance and the consequences imposed,” FIFA said in a statement.

The case of the Jamaica footballer comes in the wake of a major doping scandal that has tarnished the image of Jamaican athletics ahead of the IAAF track-and-field worlds in Moscow that open on Saturday.

Last month the Jamaican former world record holder in the 100m, Asafa Powell, revealed he had failed a drugs test.
Olympic
4×100 meters relay silver medalist Sherone Simpson, like Powell, has
also tested positive for banned stimulant oxilophrine at June’s
national championships. Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has also tested positive for a banned substance.

The doping positives comes four days after FIFA chief medical officer Prof. Jiří Dvořák announced that there was “no systematic doping culture in football”.

Admitting that individual cases were discovered, he added: “We do more than 30,000 sampling procedures every year and we have between 70 to 90 positive cases, most of them for marijuana and cocaine and we have also anabolic steroids, but these are individual cases.”

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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