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FBI Was Asked to Trace Maradona’s Urine Sample from 1994 FIFA World Cup, Newly Released Document Reveals

(CNN) — A document published on the website of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) revealed that that American entity was asked, in 1996, to trace the urine sample to which the Argentine soccer star Diego was subjected. Armando Maradona during the FIFA World Cup, which took place two years earlier in the United States.

In the document, originated by the FBI legal attaché in Montevideo and dated October 2, 1996, the name of the person or entity that requested the FBI’s assistance is crossed out, but it clarifies that it is related to an investigation that is being carried out. was doing at the time when new accusations emerged that Maradona was using illicit drugs.

In the request, the FBI was asked for assistance in investigating whether the Boston laboratory, where the Argentine soccer player’s urine was analyzed, preserved some of the samples taken during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the text explained. .

According to the document, on September 27, 1996, an allegation of alleged drug use and possession by Maradona was being investigated. The document states that Maradona allegedly substituted his urine for that of another person during drug tests carried out by Boca Juniors, the team for which he played at the time.

Notably, about 10 days after requesting the FBI’s help, South American authorities informed federal agents that they “had obtained the samples from another source,” and the FBI’s Boston Division was asked to suspend its investigation. , according to records.

Maradona tested positive for doping during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, after the Argentina national team’s second match during the group stage against Nigeria. As a sanction, the Argentine star was separated from the team, excluded from continuing to participate in the World Cup.

Maradona tested positive in another drug test after a league match in Argentina. Then, aged 37, he denied using illegal drugs, but retired from the game shortly thereafter.

Considered one of the best players in football history, Maradona participated as a player in four World Cups and led Argentina to win the championship in 1986. At the age of 60, he died in 2020 of a heart attack, days after undergo emergency brain surgery.

2023-10-29 21:50:00
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