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Brazil under-20 player tests positive for cocaine


01:01 PM May 8th, 2013

May 8th, 2013 01:01 PM

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RIO DE JANEIRO  — The Brazilian football federation says striker Michael has been dropped from the under-20 national team for testing positive for cocaine after a match last month.

Fluminense said Tuesday in a news conference that Michael admitted using cocaine before a match with the club’s senior squad in the Rio de Janeiro state championship on April 6.

The 20-year-old Michael had been summoned for Brazil’s under-20 team which will play a series of friendlies next month.

The announcement comes less than a week after Fluminense playmaker Deco tested positive for a banned diuretic. The former Chelsea and Portugal midfielder said the substance likely stemmed from contaminated vitamins.

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