UEFA insist study does not hint at doping.

Origianlly posted at dailymail.co.uk
by Matt Lawton

European football chiefs insisted on Sunday that a scientific study they commissioned and then published on medical websites earlier this month does not necessarily point to widespread doping in the game.

UEFA has played down a report, which it commissioned, which suggested a high level of doping in football

Ordered by UEFA, a study examined more than 4,000 urine tests from players competing in the Champions League, the Europa League and two European Championship tournaments between 2008 and 2013. It found that 7.7 per cent of the 879 players tested provided ‘atypical samples’ that could point to cheating and would almost certainly trigger an investigation under new UEFA rules.

As a result of the study, the report says, ‘UEFA have therefore decided to implement the steroidal module of the ABP from the start of the next European football season in September 2015’.

UEFA has played down a report, which it commissioned, which suggested a high level of doping in football

But officials in Nyon insist the limitations of the study mean that no definitive conclusions can be drawn, while no player will even face investigation because the samples were provided anonymously.

The governing body said no B sample was taken and no additional analysis was undertaken to confirm whether the tests point to the use of anabolic steroids.

A UEFA statement read: ‘UEFA would like to clarify a number of points regarding the report that it commissioned and contributed to which was published earlier this month.

  • UEFA commissioned and published scientific study into doping in football
  • Results showed 7.7 per cent of the 879 tested provided ‘atypical samples’
  • UEFA have insisted that does not necessarily point to widespread doping
  • They say no B sample was taken, or any additional analysis on samples

Origianlly posted at dailymail.co.uk
by Matt Lawton

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