UEFA Will Conduct Drug Tests Of Participants In Champions, Europa League Competitions
UEFA will begin to administer drug tests for all continental competitions starting in the '13-14 season, according to the EFE. Until now, neither the Champions League nor the Europa League competitions have administered drug tests, while blood tests were given at the '08 and '12 Euros. The tests will be given both inside and outside of competitions, "including blood tests, urine tests, and tests of both blood and urine." The main change "is the inclusion of a section detailing the proceedings for the individual players that are tested outside of competition" (EFE, 7/2). REUTERS' Tony Goodson reported that the new rules "follow a UEFA anti-doping panel meeting held late last year." Last week, players getting ready for the European Women's U17 Championship were "given a stark warning against drug-taking." UEFA anti-doping assistant Richard Grisdale said, "If you make a mistake or don't know the rules and you test positive, you will be banned. You will suffer. Your team can suffer" (REUTERS, 7/2).