FIFA suspends Bulgaria player for doping

Sep 26, 2013, 6:34 AM EDT
Bulgaria's players pose before the start of the World Cup 2014 qualification football match between Bulgaria and Malta on March 22, 2013, at Vassil Levski stadium in Sofia. Top row from left: Bulgaria's midfielder Georgi Milanov, Bulgaria's defender Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria's defender Veselin Minev, Bulgaria's midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev and Bulgaria's goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov; Bottom row from left: Bulgaria's forward Emil Gargorov ,Bulgaria's defender Yordan Minev, Bulgaria's forward Ivelin Popov.
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ZURICH (AP) — A Bulgarian player who tested positive for banned substances after a World Cup qualifying match has been suspended by FIFA.

FIFA says Thursday the player failed a doping test after Bulgaria's 2-1 win against Malta in Valletta on Sept. 10.

FIFA did not identify the player, but the Bulgarian national association said it was Yordan Minev, a 32-year-old defender.

FIFA said the player was provisionally suspended pending a disciplinary case.