WADA: Football must do more

Football must do more to combat drug cheats, according to World Anti-Doping Agency president John Fahey.

Last Updated: 12/02/13 at 20:26 Post Comment

John Fahey: Believes football should do more to combat drug use

John Fahey: Believes football should do more to combat drug use

Doping in sport has been thrust into the limelight following the revelations that cyclist Lance Armstrong used drugs throughout his career and that the use of banned substances is widespread in Australian sport.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes current controls in football are not strict enough, while a number of top tennis players, including British number one Andy Murray and 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer, have called for more testing in tennis.

One of the performance-enhancing drugs used by Armstrong was EPO, something football is not doing enough to detect says Fahey.

"I simply say this about football - they are not testing enough for EPO," claimed the Australian. "They can do more and we encourage them to do more. Whatever the sport, wherever it is in the world, more can be done.

"I saw some examples recently, in tennis, where senior players were saying they were not tested terribly regularly. I would say tennis can do more, as can football do more."

Fahey also advocates the use of athlete biological passports to combat the use of drugs.

"Again, use intelligence, not just more tests. While testing is a good deterrent factor and may be an effective way of catching people, I would argue the athlete biological passport is a very effective tool," said Fahey.

"Why isn't football using it? Again, why aren't the four football codes in my country using it? They can and in my view it would make them more effective."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Joe Hart agrees long-term contract with Manchester City

Joe Hart has signed a new long-term contract which keeps him at Manchester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Manchester United can still win title

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Saturday's opponents Manchester United can still win the Barclays Premier League.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident James Milner will sign new deal at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident James Milner will soon sign a new contract with the club.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property