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FIFA agrees to blood tests at World Cup
FIFA has committed to carrying out blood tests and biological profiling for banned drugs at next year World Cup.
The commitment comes after a meeting between the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) president John Fahey and FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Thursday.
Before the meeting, Fahey had said that football was not testing enough for the blood boosting agent EPO, which requires blood tests. Three out of every four players tested at World Cup qualifiers will not have EPO tests.
Fahey said earlier this week: “I simply say this about football they are not testing enough for EPO. They can do more and we encourage them to do more.”
He also called on the domestic leagues to do more to add to FIFA testing.
After the meeting with Blatter, Fahey praised the commitment made, especially to biological profiles which can indicate hormone use and blood doping.
Fahey said: “We are very interested in continuing the work on biological profiles. WADA is very satisfied with the commitment of FIFA on the biological profiles, which will be run not only at the FIFA World Cup in 2014 but already at the FIFA Confederations Cup in June this year.”
FIFA medical committee chairman Michel D added: “FIFA was the first international organisation for team sport to start with longitudinal profiles.
We have been testing this at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2011 and 2012, we will continue at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 with blood testing unannounced at training camps and games.
‘FIFA should pick new 2022 World Cup host’
FIFA should re run the vote which elected Qatar as 2022 World Cup hosts and choose a venue which “respects workers” the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said on Friday.
The ITUC added that an offer from FIFA president Sepp Blatter to pay a courtesy visit to the Emir of Qatar was an inadequate response to reports that dozens of migrant workers had died in the country over the course of the summer.
“FIFA has the power to make workers’ rights a condition of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup,” said ITUC general secretary Sharan Burrow in a statement.
“There is still time to re run the vote to choose a venue which respect workers.”
“Workers from countries including India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and increasingly Africa are used as forced labour, denied the right to join a union, live in squalid living conditions and often are not paid the wages they are promised,” she said.
“Scores of healthy young men are dying. This web of deadly practices draws in international companies, the Government of Qatar and FIFA.
“FIFA’s offer is an insult to the bereaved families.”
The ITUC said it had first outlined the situation to FIFA two years ago. It estimated that 4,000 workers would die in Qatar before the start of the 2022 World Cup if no action was taken.
Blatter booed at Fifa meeting
The boss of football’s governing body was booed and jeered at a meeting on Tuesday as delegates accused him of avoiding tough questions about his management.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter appeared to stage manage a question and answer session about the state of Fifa’s finances.
On Wednesday, a vote will be held to elect the next head of Fifa and Blatter’s behaviour seemed engineered to assist his campaign for an extended term in office.
Adam Crozier, the boss of the English FA, said: “I am very disappointed and very angry and I think those feelings are shared by the majority of people here.
“The way the meeting was handled was an absolute disgrace.
“There were a number of people who wished to speak but I think Mr Blatter was working from a very selective list of those he wanted the congress to hear.”
“It was absolutely scandalous,” said Issa Hayatou, the head of the African Football Confederation (CAF), who is standing against
Blatter for the presidency.
Fifa general secretary Michel Zen Ruffinen a former ally of Blatter said: “Fifa is not working any more. In the 16 years
I have been at Fifa I have never seen anything like this. We will have to rebuild Fifa.”
Zen Ruffinen produced an explosive report this month for the executive committee claiming Blatter had mismanaged Fifa’s money.
Blatter has been accused by top Fifa officials of spending money to secure his re election. They have started legal action in
Switzerland, where the world body is based.
But the Fifa president has insisted that the finances are sound and is confident of winning another term.
“We will show you where the money comes from and where the money goes. We have nothing to hide and will hide nothing,” said Blatter.
David Will, the Fifa vice president in charge of the Internal Audit Committee, has said that he is going to recommend that the congress does not approve the financial report for 2001 or the budget proposals for 2003 2006.