No Red Meat for Mexican Footballers

By Harmony Takhar

World Cup 2014 will start off with the match of Brazil and Croatia. The match will be held on June 12. The match will be able to be viewed on ESPN and all of the matches will be able to be viewed on ESPN news. The rest of the games for the cup will be on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2.

While all of the players have been in training for a while, certain teams have done more than just practices on the field. Mexico’s team is not allowed to have red meat in their meals. This banning of the beef is to avoid the performance-enhancing drug, clenbuterol, which has been found in red meat. About three years ago, the majority of players on Mexico’s team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tested positive for this drug. This drug has been used in Mexico to make cattle fatter. Miguel Herrera, the team’s coach, said, “Our training center has determined, based on what happened in the past, that red meat shouldn’t be eaten.”

While this is to keep the players healthy and safe, there is always the controversy of whether or not the coach should be able to monitor and limit what the players may eat. It’s not in the rule book or in any of the players’ contracts. There is always the moral reason of that it is not right and the players shouldn’t have to follow the banning, because red meat is very healthy and contains many nutrients and vitamins that the players would need. They have the right to eat as they please, but if found out the players have eaten red meat, it may cost their position on the team.

Sources: Bell, Jack. “Countdown to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: Day 20.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 23 May 2014. Web. 23 May 2014.


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