June 22nd, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s “Sele” has sent a letter to FIFA demanding an explanation as to why so many of its players were required to take anti-doping tests after their surprise victory against Italy on Friday, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Seven Costa Rican players were tested after Costa Rica’s 1-0 surprise victory over Italy, according to the AP.
“We believe in, accept and trust doping controls that FIFA carries out, but we want an explanation as to why so many of the players were called in,” Adrian Gutierrez, president of Costa Rica’s selection committee said. “What causes surprise at the world level is that they take seven players in one sitting for anti-doping tests, which gives an image of suspicion that Costa Rican players are doping.”
FIFA said eight Costa Rican players were not available for testing prior to the World Cup when a commission of the federation visited Costa Rica for routine testing prior to competing in Brazil.
Two of those players were tested after Costa Rica’s win against Uruguay and another six after the country’s win against Italy, FIFA said on its web site. The seventh player was chosen by lottery.
Jorge Luis Pinto said FIFA was welcome to test all of Costa Rica’s players and even himself after Costa Rica’s next match versus England on Tuesday.
“I’m happy that they do these types of tests,” he said. “If they want in the next match, they can test all 11 players on the pitch and even me.”