A number of notable former Algerian internationals suspect their own team medics may have drugged them during the tournament, causing disabilities in some of their offspring
Former JS Kabylie forward Djamel Menad has revealed that he and at least five of his team-mates from Algeria’s 1982 World Cup team believe they may have been given drugs by team doctors in the lead-up to, and possibly during, the tournament in Spain.
In an interview with Nessma TV, Menad made the shocking revelation that he and no less than five of his colleagues have had children born with various disabilities that they believe were caused by pills that they were instructed to ingest by team doctors.
“I have a daughter who’s 18 years old. She’s my second child and she was born disabled. I struggle daily with her, especially because she can’t live without her medicine,” he said.
“There are at least six of us from the national team who have had a child born disabled. It’s not a simple coincidence and it’s time for the officials to open a real investigation to know the cause of this phenomenon.”
Menad went on to explain that he clearly remembers being offered pills by team doctors that he took without giving much thought to the issue. He now questions what they contained.
“I remember very well this Russian doctor who gave us yellow pills that we took without knowing what they were at the time," he continued.
"Personally, I found their shape a bit strange but, since the doctor said they were just vitamins, we took them without worrying.”
The Fennecs famously defeated West Germany 2-1 in their opening match before losing 2-0 to Austria and defeating Chile 3-2 in their final group game.
The north Africans were close to advancing to the second round, but the two European teams in the group are said to have cynically conspired to kick out the African representative by settling for a 1-0 West Germany win, infamously known as the 'shame of Gijon', which allowed both of them to go through at the expense of Algeria.