The world of football has had its share of shortcomings and the matter of doping among the athletes is one that is slowly growing amongst even the best leagues in the world.
The Argentina domestic league has now been hit by a severe doping scandal as it is now understood that three of their star players have now been tested positive.
The local leagues around the world have strict rules regarding these situations but the Argentine Primera was not able to avoid one such calamity regarding the players of one of the best academies, not just in the country but also in Europe.
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According to reports from Spanish news outfit AS, River Plate are embroiled in a scandal as three players test positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic drug banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) announced after the Copa Libertadores that at least three River Plate players were tested positive for the drug abuse.
The report states that there is a discrepancy regarding the number of players who have actually been tested positive.
An official announcement from River Plate cites two players. Argentine newspaper La Nación stated on Thursday that as many as seven players could have tested positive.
Argentine star Lucas Martínez Quarta, and Uruguayan star Camilo Mayada are the two names that are currently doing the rounds regarding these allegations.
An official announcement on the club website, referred to the cases of Martínez Quarta and Mayada.
However, 21-year-old starlet Sebastián Driussi is the third player to be named by CONMEBOL, though it is not revealed as to when he was tested positive.
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21-year old Quata tested positive on 10 May following 1-1 draw with Emelec in the Copa Libertadores. Mayada, a 26-year-old midfielder, tested positive in Peru on 18 May, following a 3-2 victory over Melgar.
The club however, are not ready to take the allegations on their chin and maintain that the supplements the players were given could have been contaminated.
A statement from the club read: “[River Plate] vehemently reinforces the supposition that supplementary products used by the club on a regular basis were contaminated.”
Let’s hope that this issue is resolved quickly and that the club is back to going about their business in no time,