BERLIN - Three West Germany players tested
positive for the banned stimulant ephedrine during the 1966
World Cup finals in England, according to a document seen by
German magazine Der Spiegel.
The new-found letter from the then medical officer of world football's governing body FIFA Mihailo Andrejevic says three
unnamed players in the German squad that lost in the final to
England had tested positive.
Writing to German athletics chief Max Danz on November 29, 1966,
months after the final which England won 4-2, Andrejevic
allegedly informed him that doping tests for three German
players conducted during the tournament were positive for
ephedrine, also found in medicine for treating cold symptoms.
It is unclear whether the players had taken ephedrine on
purpose or through some cold medicine available at the time when
drugs testing was still in its infancy.
FIFA officials, when contacted by Reuters on Wednesday, said
they were unaware of the letter and would look into the matter.
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