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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Colombia's Varon suspended for failed doping test

LEVERKUSEN: Colombia goalkeeper Yineth Varonhas been kicked out of the women's World Cup after being suspended by FIFA's disciplinary committee for failing a doping test, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old missed Colombia's opening Group C game, which they lost 1-0 to Sweden in Leverkusen on Tuesday, after failing an out-of-competition test here last Saturday.

"This information is currently being investigated. It's not clear, so until it is perfectly clear, we can't comment on it," said Colombia coach Ricardo Rozo.

Having won two caps for her country, the shot-stopper, who plays for Colombia side Generaciones Palmiranas, is now provisionally suspended from allfootball pending an inquiry but has the right to ask for her 'B' sample to be analysed in the next 48 hours.

Varon, Colombia's third choice goalkeeper, was called into the group at the last minute after the withdrawal of Paula Forero.

Her teammates remained tightlipped on the case after their opening game.

But midfielder Carmen Rodallega said: "It was something no-one was expecting. We were surprised to hear the news. But we're not really talking about it, we're focused on our matches."

Colombia are third in Group C which the United States lead following a 2-0 win over North Korea.