Football, and sport in general. is having a hard time at the minute. With doping scandals and match fixing involving betting syndicates, the integrity of sport is under attack. The unpredictability of sport is what gives it such great appeal, and the Arsenal manager thinks that it is up to the governing bodies to do everything they can to to protect this. It seems, however, that Uefa are missing a trick and are in danger of letting the publis think they are a bit soft on cheats.
Australia has just been rocked by allegations of widespread doping across a range of sports, and there are fears that Britain could follow suit. Wenger believes that football’s governing bodies should take proactive measures, and says he has been urging them to take blood tests rather than urine samples for a while. The Lance Armstrong affair has shown that urine samples are relatively easy to fake, whereas blood is taken by medical staff so is much more rigorous, as well as being quicker and more conclusive.
“Doping control officers at Uefa do not take blood, only urine. I have asked many times for this to be changed.
“I hope we do not have a big problem with doping, but we have to try and find out and see how deep we go into control.
“I don’t think we do enough. It is very difficult for me to believe that you have 740 players in the World cup and you come out with zero problems.”
Wenger believes that England is not tainted by match fixing, but knows it has gone on around Europe and knows that it is disastrous for the good name of sport. We have all seen some strange decisions made by officials, and FIFA’s reluctance to bring in video replays or goal line technology does not lead people to believe that they are trying to ensure fairness.
In Wenger’s opinion, Uefa need to stop pissing about and take some bold action before it is too late.
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