Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called on Uefa to introduce regular blood tests for players.
Arsene Wenger has sometimes been criticised for some of his comments which have sounded a bit crazy or a little outside the box but his call for blood testing in football is spot on for several reasons.
Wenger has revealed that he doesn’t think football’s governing bodies are doing enough to stamp out the threat of drugs and doping in the game with a high percentage of players more then likely getting off completely free.
“I don't think we do enough, because it is very difficult for me to believe that you have 740 players in the World Cup and you come out with zero problems - they do not take blood, they take only urine. I have asked many times (at Uefa meetings) in Geneva (for that to be changed),” Wenger told BBC Sport.
Blood doping is something which could allow players to increase their red blood cell count which effectively improves their ability to carry oxygen throughout their bodies.
It is something which can only be tested for quickly and efficiently via blood tests and it’s difficult to see the harm in making such a change, which would produce much more conclusive evidence than the current urine samples.
The current standards and regulations are efficient in the job they do which has exposed a countless number of drugs cheats but it’s something Wenger is quite right to pester Uefa over.
The only way to get the problem out of the game completely is to find a method of detection and testing which is full proof, easy and provides undoubted proof and evidence that a player is cheating.
The practicality should not be difficult to achieve if Uefa decided it was something they wanted to push forward with.
The actual test selection process doesn’t need to change because any pattern or routine in terms of testing players, gives those players a chance to adjust and try to cheat the system.
The only thing which needs to change in the eyes of the Arsenal boss is the fact that urine samples should be replaced by blood samples. It’s that simple.
Whether it’s a case of hygiene or logistics in terms of needle supplies or other minor details doesn’t matter, it would be a sensible and efficient way to improve the current drugs testing system even more.
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