Bulgarian international suspended

26 September 2013 01:31

FIFA has provisionally suspended a Bulgarian international who has failed a drugs test.

The unnamed player tested positive for a banned substance following a World Cup qualifier against Malta on September 10.

FIFA said in a statement: "The chairman of the FIFA disciplinary committee has provisionally suspended a Bulgarian international footballer for an initial period of 30 days following an adverse analytical finding in relation to a doping control."

FIFA said under its anti-doping regulations it can only name the player and the substance he has tested positive for after a disciplinary hearing has confirmed that a doping offence has taken place.

The statement added: "Only after it has been determined in a hearing that an anti-doping rule violation has occurred, or after such hearing has been waived, or the assertion of an anti-doping rule violation has not been timely challenged, may FIFA publicly report the anti-doping rule that has been violated, the name of the player who has committed the violation, the prohibited substance and the consequences imposed."

Bulgaria won the match against Malta 2-1 to consolidate second place in World Cup qualifying Group B.

Source: PA

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