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FIFA says three North Korean players fail doping tests

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Two other players from the team had failed tests previously
  • The U.S. women's World Cup team will face off against Japan on Sunday
  • North Korea failed to progress from the group stage to the quarterfinals

(CNN) -- Three more players from the North Korean soccer team have failed doping tests at the Women's World Cup, FIFA has announced.

The players were tested after two of their teammates were provisionally suspended following failed tests earlier this month.

FIFA has said it would not disclose the names of the three players as "proceedings are still in progress."

"Adverse analytical findings have been recorded in the anti-doping tests of three additional players from Korea DPR, following target testing of the whole team which participated in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup," the governing body said in a Saturday statement.

North Korean players Jong Sun Song and Sim Pok Jong were provisionally suspended this month after failing doping tests. A Colombian player was also suspended for the same reason.

The Women's World Cup final is scheduled for Sunday. U.S. players will face off against the women's team from Japan -- the sentimental favorite for helping to lift its country's spirits after the devastating earthquake and tsunami this year.

North Korea failed to progress from the group stage to the quarterfinals.

"FIFA would like to emphasise once again its determination to keep football free of doping," the organization said in a July 7 statement. "It is FIFA's duty and will to protect players from harm and ensure that footballers can compete on an even playing field."