Wenger calls for blood tests to stop drug cheats

Date published: Monday 16th November 2015 4:16

Arsene Wenger: No new deal on the table

Arsene Wenger wants blood tests introduced in football to stop the possibility of drug cheats.

The Arsenal boss recently went on record stating he believes he has come up against teams who he suspects to have used performance-enhancing drugs and he has reiterated that belief by saying he has witnessed some “strange things”, but confirmed he had no conclusive proof.

Still, Wenger is insistent that he wants more than the current urine sample tests and says anyone found guilty of doping should have their contract torn up.

In an exclusive interview with beIN Sports, when asked if he was satisfied with the current level of testing, Wenger said: “No, I’m not. I’m not satisfied with the level of testing because I believe blood tests should be done.

“If you want to go into a bit more sophistication you have to do blood checks. Urine checks are superficial and not deep enough to say absolutely sure that we have no doping problem in football.

“I think no and I wish no but on the other hand, can you have 740 football players at a World Cup and come out with zero alert on any doping?

“It’s a little bit surprising. I hope it is true but I think to be completely sure about it, you want to go into deeper tests.”

When asked whether the French boss had witnessed any doping or had any evidence of doping, he replied: “Personally, no.  I recently made statements that I never doped or try to dope anybody in my career and it helps me to sleep much better than if I had done it.

Arsene Wenger


“Did I witness some strange things during my career?  I say, without any doubt, yes.

“There’s always a big difference between having suspicions and proving it and that’s why I’m not in a position where I can make a statement, ‘I’m sure that he doped.’ You have heard about things, I have heard about things, even players say (it), but what you want is that the control is better than it is done today.

“For example, now you have three doping tests after the game. If one of the players is doped, the result of the game is not changed.

“You need two to be doped to have a result of the game changed but if you test only three, it is nearly impossible that you catch a second one. Out of 18, it means you test as well the players who have not played, so you can say there is something in there that is not completely logical and maybe we have to do more.

“I hope it is not a deep problem and I don’t think it is one. I don’t think in England, in the Premier League, I don’t see any signs of doping at all.”

When asked what deterrents could be put in place to prevent cheats, Wenger said players have got to take responsibility for their own actions and if found guilty should have their contracts terminated.

“Look, you have to come to the facts. There are two reasons why a player is doped.

“First, on personal initiative. That means he hides to his club that he doped because he’s scared to lose his place, because he wants to impress, because he has an individual or personal reason to enhance his performance or it is organized by the club to dope some players and enhance the performances because they are not ready or not good enough or because they have a special competition.

“In most cases, I think, you have to make the player feel responsible for the club as well. That means, he cannot be only punished if he’s guilty of having doped because it’s too difficult to prove that it’s a club initiative or a personal initiative so the clubs have to be responsible for the doping of the players individually as well and tell them before the season starts, ‘Look, for any doping control, your contract is completely finished because the club suffers the consequences.'”

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