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Indian football players on trial for doping

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The Indian Football Federation (IFF) is considering whether players should be given an anti-doping test for the first time since the scandal erupted in June.

The IFF is also considering whether to take disciplinary action against players who have been found to have been taking drugs in the past, sources told ESPNcricinfo.

The suspension period for doping-related offences has been extended to three months, with the possibility of further extension to three years.

The ban, which has been imposed on all Indian footballers, has been in place since July 4, when the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) informed the federation that some players had tested positive for doping.

The IFF confirmed on Monday that it had received a complaint from the Indian Premier League (IPL) regarding players who were found to be doping.

The players have been identified as Dhananjaya Laxman, Ajay Agarwal, Keshav Maharaj, Sunil Narula and Suryakumar, according to the sources.

The players, who have not been named, have been suspended for a minimum of two years and are expected to be released from the I-League this year.

The Indian team has been accused of colluding with players from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Pakistan and the Netherlands to test positive for the banned substance, which is believed to be a stimulant that increases blood flow to the brain.

The two top-level Indian players have not yet been charged, although a criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Amarjit Agarwala, who has not been charged and who was at the centre of the scandal, has denied the allegations.

A case of conspiracy to cheat has also been filed in the court in Mumbai.

Agarwala was suspended by the UAE in August and is still being investigated.