Maradona mates deny knowing about drug use

by AP on May 26, 2011

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Julio Grondona, the head of the Argentine Football Association, has confirmed that doping controls were done away with during the World Cup qualifying playoff against Australia in 1993.

Grondona says the move was aimed at protecting Diego Maradona and other players.

The acknowledgment of the lack of testing was Grondona's first statement following claims by Maradona several days ago in a television interview that the powerful FIFA vice president knew about the arrangement and allowed it to happen.

Maradona has also charged that players were given a "speedy coffee" to perform better during the game. Grondona made no comments on those accusations in an interview published on Wednesday.