FIFA lifts Bulgaria player's doping suspension

Updated: September 26, 2013, 9:40 AM ET
Associated Press

ZURICH -- FIFA has lifted the suspension of a Bulgarian player, hours after announcing he tested positive for doping at a World Cup qualifying match.

FIFA says its disciplinary committee chairman, Claudio Sulser, "revoked his decision ... following clarification by medical bodies."

FIFA says "it appears that there is no circumstantial evidence that anti-doping rules have been violated."

Earlier Thursday, FIFA announced that a player tested positive for "prohibited substances" after Bulgaria's 2-1 win against Malta in Valletta on Sept. 10.

The player, identified by Bulgarian media as Ludogorets Razgrad defender Yordan Minev, faced an initial 30-day suspension from all soccer while FIFA prosecuted his case.


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