Here’s what any soccer federation, especially one still involved in the serious and potentially lucrative World Cup qualifying business, wants to hear attached to one of its players: “…an adverse analytical finding on his urine sample.”
Nope, you don’t want any of that. And yet here is Jamaica, dealing with this very issue.
FIFA said today that a Jamaica international, who has yet to be identified but had already been implicated, has been provisionally banned for 30 days after drug testing at a World Cup qualifier against Honduras back in June.
According to this Reuters report, a team official faces the same 30-day provisional ban connected to events around the June 11 contest. Jamaica lost 2-0 at Honduras.
The second person being involved here does matter. Generally, if multiple players are involved or, as in this case, a team official, FIFA could potentially follow up with targeted testing going forward. There could be further trouble if the implicated the team officials is found to have administered the banned substance.
None of this is likely to affect the World Cup fortunes of the United States or Mexico. Jamaica is bottom of the six-team group, all but mathematically eliminated. Although the Reggae Boyz could possibly get it together enough to nick fourth place, they can scarcely threaten top-of-the-table United States.
Courtesy of FIFA’s official site, here are the current final-round regional World Cup qualifying standings, following six of 10 rounds: