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Wenger Wants Blood Testing In Soccer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the he wants to introduce blood testing in soccer to catch players that are using performance enhancing drugs.

Wenger doesn’t believe that the current urine tests are enough to make sure that players don’t use illegal substances.

“I’m not satisfied with the level of testing because I believe blood tests should be done,” Wenger told BeIn Sports. “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 [we don’t have a problem] 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.”

The Frenchman was also asked what measurements should be taken to deter a player from taking performance enhancing drugs.

“Look, you have to come to the facts,” Wenger said. “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 organised 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.”

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