UEFA oppose WADA over 'whereabouts' proposal

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Efforts to force star footballers to inform drug-testers of their daily whereabouts are in disarray after UEFA joined FIFA in opposing the rule.

Under the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) code, football must join other sports such as athletics in providing players' location for an hour each day, including summer holidays.

In Britain, testing body UK Sport's plan is for 30 of the elite players to undergo up to five tests a year - and not including those conducted after matches.

FIFA's executive committee last week opposed the rule, and that decision was echoed by UEFA's executive committee meeting in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

After Tuesday's meeting, FIFA and UEFA issued a joint statement saying: "The governing bodies of FIFA and UEFA formally reject the stance taken by WADA concerning the 'whereabouts' rule and, more specifically, the individual location of team sports' athletes.

"FIFA and UEFA wish to point out the fundamental differences between an individual athlete, who trains on his own, on the one hand, and a team sport's athlete, who is present at the stadium six days out of seven, and thus easy to locate, on the other hand.

"FIFA and UEFA therefore oppose the individual 'whereabouts' rule, and want to see it replaced by collective location rules, within the scope of the team and within the stadium infrastructure.

"Furthermore, FIFA and UEFA do not accept that controls be undertaken during the short holiday period of players, in order to respect their private life."

The statement agreed there should be an exception where players serving a suspension, or though players injured for a long period of time, should provide individual whereabouts as they do not necessarily participate in the daily life of a club.

"In a spirit of collaboration in the fight against doping, FIFA and UEFA therefore ask WADA to reconsider its position on the 'whereabouts' rule," said the statement.

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