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Soccer-No positive doping tests at World Cup, says FIFA


RIO DE JANEIRO, July 7 (Reuters) - Every player tested for drugs at the World Cup in Brazil has been cleared of doping after more than 1,000 tests came back negative, FIFA's medical committee announced on Monday.

Jiri Dvorak, FIFA's chief medical officer, told a news conference at the Maracana on Monday that every player on each of the 32 competing teams - 736 players in total - had provided blood and urine samples.

Dvorak said 777 out-of-competition tests were conducted between March 1 and June 11 plus another 232, four from each of the first 58 matches played in Brazil, since the tournament kicked off on June 12, and all came back negative.

"We have not found any prohibitive substances... either prior or during competition," Dvorak said.

FIFA said players from the four remaining teams left in the tournament would be subject to further random testing with the results expected before their team's next game.

The samples have all been flown across the Atlantic Ocean to the World Anti-Doping Agency's laboratory in Switzerland after WADA revoked the accreditation of the drug-testing facility in Rio for failing to comply with international standards.

The last time a player was caught doping at a World Cup was in 1994 whenArgentina's Diego Maradona tested positive for ephedrine and was sent home in disgrace.