Football doesn’t want to play, may go on strike

23Oct05

The Professional Footballers’ Association says it will resist moves to introduce drug testing for players away from the training ground.

BBC SPORT | Football | PFA to fight drug testing at home

Once again the sport of football thinks it should be singled out for special treatment.  The PFA have now chosen to take on WADA who believe that out-of-competition testing is crucial in the fight to keep drug cheats out of sport.  Who could really argue with that?  Graham Taylor, Chief Executive of the PFA says, “The players will fight this and this could be a test of strength.  It’s too early to talk of a strike but we will take a tough stance over the issue.”

UEFA have already sanctioned out-of-competition testing for all players involved in the Champions League and it is hard to see how the PFA can reasonably argue against this on the grounds of player privacy.

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