Loftus Road Stadium

Next Game

QPR v Arsenal

Wednesday, 04 March 2015, 19:45

Barclays Prem

Emirates Stadium

Last Game

Arsenal 2 - 0 Everton

Sunday, 01 March 2015, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Wenger wants blood testing

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for stricter doping controls in football and believes it is vital that players give blood.

Last Updated: 09/02/13 at 11:16 Post Comment

Arsene Wenger: Believes more must be done in the war against drugs in football

Arsene Wenger: Believes more must be done in the war against drugs in football

The Lance Armstrong case in cycling and this week's revelations of widespread doping in Australian sport have again put drugs in sport high on the public agenda.

Wenger does not think football can consider itself immune from such underhand practices, saying: "Honestly, I don't think we do enough, because it is very difficult for me to believe that you have 740 players in the World Cup and you come out with zero problems.

"Mathematically that happens every time, but statistically, even for social drugs, it looks like we could do better and go deeper."

Wenger continued: "When you have a doping control at UEFA, they do not take blood, they take only urine. I have asked many times (at UEFA meetings) in Geneva (for that to be changed).

"Sometimes you have to wait for two hours after the game, so blood could be a lot quicker. We could go much deeper into control.

"I hope we (in England) do not have a big problem with doping, but we have to try to find out and see how deep we can go into control.

"I would support it. UEFA is ready to do it, but it poses some ethical problems because everyone has to accept that they will check the blood and not everybody is ready to do that."

Deeper justice

Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes is currently on trial in Spain following his arrest as part of the Operation Puerto doping case, with the former president of Spanish side Real Sociedad, Inaki Badiola, admitting earlier this week that during 2008 the club made payments to Dr Fuentes for the supply of medicine to the team. Dr Fuentes denies any knowledge of a conspiracy to dope.

Wenger feels it is time for those who are found to be involved in doping to give up all they know, adding: "What I am concerned about in the trial of the Spanish doctor is that he is in front of the justice (system) only to see how he did doping - they are not interested at all in whom he has doped.

"They have found packets of blood, but they don't even ask to whom does that belong?

"The only thing we know is that the former (president) of Real Sociedad, who came out, is involved in that.

"The justice should go deeper.

"When you look at the functions of this doctor it is quite scary - he was involved in the Olympic team, football team, cycling team."

Wenger, though, conceded there was also a human factor which had to be taken into account with all such instances of doping - when some athletes are clearly "ready to do anything to win".

He said: "When you look at psychological tests that have been done on people who are at the top in all sports, they ask them if they would take a product which would guarantee them a gold medal or a world championship, but also mean that they died in the next five years, and 50 per cent of people say yes, they would take it. That is quite scary."

To find out more about live football on Sky Sports, Click here

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mauricio Pochettino proud of Tottenham players despite Capital One Cup loss

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he was proud of his players despite losing to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup final.

Jose Mourinho hails players for adapting to gameplan in Capital One Cup success

Jose Mourinho hailed his players for adapting to his gameplan after Chelsea’s Capital One Cup final success against Spurs.

John Terry targets more Chelsea trophies after Capital One Cup success

John Terry says Chelsea's "massive" Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham could be the start of something special.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company