May 18, 2017
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Players fail drug test, out of FACT

Two players from the Labasa vs Dreketi match of the 2017 Vodafone Fiji FACT have been tested positive for taking drugs and will miss the remainder of the tournament.

Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf confirmed this and said the players have been suspended from all levels of football for six weeks.

While he withheld the names of the two players and the district they belong to, Mr Yusuf said they release the names of the district officials are notified about the result and the suspension.

“We randomly pick two players from every team at halftime and they are brought in for the tests after the completion of the games. We tested four players from the Ba vs Nadi match and the good news is that they were negative.”

“But from the Labasa vs Dreketi match, two players were found positive of taking drugs namely marijuana and they will not play any further part in the tournament. They will be re-tested on July 01 and if they are tested negative, then they will be free to play,” said Mr Yusuf.

The drug tests will continue in every match at the tournament and players who are found to be positive will be removed from their respective district’s playing squad.

By Reginald Chandar

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