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No beef in Cup diet!

Mexico City: Mexico’s World Cup squad will not eat beef during their preparations for the tournament in Brazil for fear of testing positive to banned drugs in contaminated meat, coach Miguel Herrera said on Wednesday.

Five players were withdrawn from Mexico’s Concacaf Gold Cup squad in the United States in 2011 after testing positive for clenbuterol, a banned stimulant sometimes illicitly mixed into livestock feed to make meat leaner.

The five, including goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and defender Francisco Rodriguez who are in Hererra’s squad for the finals, were later absolved after the Mexican Football Federation and world soccer governing body Fifa considered the presence of clenbuterol in Mexican cattle a public health problem.

“Given what happened, we have decided we will not eat red meat,” Herrera told a news conference. (Reuters)