FIFA general secretary Sepp Blatter yesterday called on
soccer's governing body to take a new look at anti-doping measures
after a French first-division player tested positive.
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Blatter said soccer's third positive test in recent months was a major
blow, and that FIFA's executive meeting in New York next month would
almost certainly examine the problem. His comments came after the French
football federation had confirmed that an un-named player had been
secretly punished last season for failing a test.
The notorious Diego Maradona ephedrene case at the World Cup finals,
and the one-year ban imposed earlier this month on Dynamo Minsk
midfielder Valentin Belkevich for using anabolic steriods in a UEFA Cup
tie this season had already put soccer firmly in the doping spotlight.