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SBD Global/May 24, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
UEFA Recommends 10-Match Ban For Racism, Will Carry Out Blood Testing
Published May 24, 2013
BLOOD TESTING: The BBC reported UEFA "will also carry out blood testing in more competitions" next season, and "consider using biological passports." In February, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger said that he had asked UEFA several times "to implement new drug-testing procedures." Wenger: "When you have a doping control at UEFA, they do not take blood, they take only urine. I have asked many times [at UEFA meetings] in Geneva [for that to be changed]." Previously, blood testing "has only taken place at European Championships" (BBC, 5/23).
PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION: In London, Owen Gibson reported UEFA "is set to award a place in the Champions League to the winners of the Europa League" beginning in the '14-15 season, in order to "make the competition more attractive." Other plans being considered include "whether to award a fifth Champions League place to clubs in the big European leagues and to expand the number of Europa League places on offer" (GUARDIAN, 5/23).