FIFA lifts Bulgaria player’s doping suspension
ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has lifted the suspension of a Bulgaria 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, who Bulgarian media identified as Ludogorets Razgrad defender Yordan Minev, faced an initial 30-day suspension from all football while FIFA prosecuted his case.