Wednesday 11, Dec 2013
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has remarked that he has many times asked UEFA, the European governing body of football, to consider using blood tests for finding cheaters in football.
Presently, UEFA make use of urine samples as part of its current doping controls and Wegner believes these measures are not effective enough to catch drug cheats. He said: ‘Would I support blood testing? Yes I would,’ admitted Wenger. ‘Honestly, I don’t think we do enough testing in football. It is very difficult for me to believe that you have 740 players in the World Cup and you come out with zero problems. Statistically, even for social drugs, it looks like we should go deeper.
“Mathematically that happens every time, but statistically, even for social drugs, it looks like we could do better and go deeper,” he added.
‘When you look at psychological tests that have been done on people who are at the top in all sports, ask them if they would take a product that would guarantee them a gold medal or a world championship, but would mean that they died in the next five years, 50 per cent of people say yes, they would take it.
‘That is quite scary. That is absolutely massive, that is how far people are ready to go to win, in all sports, not just football. If you go to amateur level and do that test, only two per cent say they would take it. We are at the level where people are ready to do anything to win.’
“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).”
Wegner also remarked that sports’ governing bodies are prepared to make doping controls’ changes but that it may be difficult because of “ethical problems”.
He said: “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.”
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