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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.

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