Bulgaria player fails doping test after WCup match
ZURICH (AP) - A Bulgaria player who tested positive for "prohibited substances'' after a World Cup qualifying match was provisionally suspended by FIFA on Thursday.
It is the fourth World Cup doping case FIFA is currently prosecuting.
FIFA said the player, who it did not identify, failed a doping control after Bulgaria's 2-1 win against Malta in Valletta on Sept. 10.
"The analysis of the A sample has revealed the presence of prohibited substances,'' FIFA said in a statement.
The player's initial 30-day suspension from all football includes Bulgaria's final two qualifiers next month away to Armenia and home to the Czech Republic.
Italy has won the group and second-place Bulgaria is competing for a Europe playoff place.
FIFA has opened doping cases involving players from Jamaica, Morocco and Zimbabwe who tested positive after World Cup qualifiers.
In a fifth World Cup case, FIFA banned Peru midfielder Joel Sanchez for two years in March.
Sanchez tested positive for the stimulant methylhexaneamine after a 1-1 draw at Bolivia in La Paz last October. He cannot play again until January 2015.
FIFA is also prosecuting a Tahiti player who tested positive at the Confederations Cup in Brazil in June.