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If they are using the WADA prohibited list, and what the club says about the test being from out-of-competition is correct, the substance shouldn't be cocaine or cannabis, as those only are prohibited in competition. Don't know about ecstasy.
 
Mar 25, 2013
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neineinei said:
FA has their own take on it:
"The presence of a Social Drug in a Participant’s Sample or the Use/Attempted Use of a Social Drug by a Participant is an Anti-Doping Rule Violation both In Competition and Out of Competition"

http://www.thefa.com/~/media/files/thefaportal/governance-docs/rules-of-the-association/2014-15/027_anti-doping.ashx

So here the rules are stricter for FA footballers than for Boonen.
Thanks for clearing it up.

Ian Wright spoke about this yesterday. He said it was rife among young players back in his day. Young players were always getting offered them. Much really hasn't really changed nowadays when taking all this recent news as well as Leon Knight a while back echoing what Ian Wright said.

Back to the topic of PEDs, laughable how Gordon Taylor today says there is a more rigorous testing program and players were only tested on average 3 times last season.
 
May 16, 2015
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Lots of mock outrage in the UK media about the Livermore cocaine case. Do they not know their big money earners are all doped to the eyeballs?
 
Mar 13, 2009
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fenns said:
Lots of mock outrage in the UK media about the Livermore cocaine case. Do they not know their big money earners are all doped to the eyeballs?
cognitive dissonance.

jalabert pot-belge and cocaine parties in cannes

do we really believe that when wiggins won tdf he never had a few lines of blow that Sunday night?

not a gateway drug, PEDs not recreationdrugs, more a Confluence drug, that is an indicator of the personality type that will take the PEDs and not blink an eyelid at a few lines of blow
 
Oct 16, 2010
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Swiss police arrest six FIFA officials two days ahead of presidential elections.
http://www.spiegel.de/sport/fussball/fifa-polizei-in-zuerich-nimmt-funktionaere-fest-a-1035698.html
For each of them there is evidence they took bribes from sponsors, were talking 7 or 8 zeros here.
Some of the corruption at issue goes back 20 years. America is involved in the investigation. Three names are mentioned, all members of FIFA executive committees: Jeffrey Web, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner.
The other three names unknown. In any case, Blatter is not directly implicated.
Lame.
 
May 19, 2010
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“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did,” said a law enforcement official. “It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-arrested-on-corruption-charges-blatter-isnt-among-them.html

Blatter will of course be re-elected on Friday. Maybe next time they will have to have their meeting in a country without an extradition treaty with the US.
 
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“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did,” said a law enforcement official. “It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/28/sports/soccer/fifa-officials-arrested-on-corruption-charges-blatter-isnt-among-them.html

Blatter will of course be re-elected on Friday. Maybe next time they will have to have their meeting in a country without an extradition treaty with the US.
yeah, the extradition treaty is probably the only good thing you can say about Switserland in this context. Otherwise they're just happy to let these sports bodies do whatever the **** they want on Swiss soil, as long as it stimulates the economy. I get a sense this investigation has been a purely American initiative.
 
Apr 3, 2011
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Now you can appreciate how lucky our beloved cycling mafia is! No big money in the sport, nobody gives a damn... so PhatPat, Verdruggen & co can fart into the sofa till they happily die in peace.
 
Aug 31, 2012
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Looks like they've got nothing to get Blatter, which means he must be cleans and the least corrupt official in this new era of clean Fifa.

Those Fifa stooges must regret not giving the US the World Cup, which would have probably stopped this investigation.
 
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SeriousSam said:
Looks like they've got nothing to get Blatter, which means he must be cleans and the least corrupt official in this new era of clean Fifa.

Those Fifa stooges must regret not giving the US the World Cup, which would have probably stopped this investigation.
Not since '94, you mean?

Of course, it should be obvious that though this current alleged corruption involved "two generations of soccer officials", it must have happened after the 94 World Cup since obviously there would have been no US-sourced bribery. Whatever happened in advance of Salt Lake 2002 had nothing to do with that 94 bid either.

Now, what does this say about the 2015 FIFA Women's Cup?

Dave.
 
Mar 25, 2013
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SeriousSam said:
Looks like they've got nothing to get Blatter, which means he must be cleans and the least corrupt official in this new era of clean Fifa.

Those Fifa stooges must regret not giving the US the World Cup, which would have probably stopped this investigation.
The deal made between Blatter and the Qatari Emir when disclosed last month in Heidi Blake's and Jonathan Calvert's book(highly recommend it) should have been enough to sink him.

Saying to the Emir, he would take the World Cup off Qatar if Bin Hamann didn't resign after the scandal at the Carribean Football Association when all member FAs were handed $40,000 by Warner through Bin Hamann.

Therefore protecting his presidency by taking Bin Hamann out of the presidential contest while turning a blind eye to the Qatari bid and its behaviour during the bidding process at the same time.

I hope Prince Ali wins. One of the true guys on the ExCo who went to FIFA Ethics Committee last year when all the ExCo members were handed $25,000 watches at the World Cup. Plus, he wants to do a more measured approach to handouts which Blatter cleverly uses through the GOAL program as an means to buy votes. Very clever when taking into account that all member FAs have one vote irrespective of size.
 
Mar 25, 2013
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Chipist said:
Matheus collapsed on the pitch. Nothing to see here either, move along.....

Lost to TwoBacca goals.
Ummm, he did have a clash of heads just before that.
 
May 19, 2010
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Sepp Blatter is a honorary member of Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (International Sports Press Association).

http://www.aipsmedia.com/index.php?page=directory&cod=3&sw_menu=4&sw_smenu=11

Journalist and sports corruption expert Jens Weinreich will probably not become honorary member there:
Jens Weinreich tweeting from the FIFA congress:
having a good day: hab geheult beim Lästern über d #FIFA, d AIPS-Präsident schimpfte mich Hurensohn, ein Typ hat mich mit Kaffee bekleckert
https://twitter.com/jensweinreich/status/604227875215183872
 
Oct 16, 2010
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i bet things aren't pretty right now at FIFA headquarters.
would venture to guess that people who even think about whistling are being intimidated left, right and centre.
 
Aug 31, 2012
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The hilarious thing is that despite the US and Europe being really mad at Sep , he's gonna get relected anyway because the other FAs don't give a ***. And it's not because they're all corrupt unlike Greg a lovely person and his buddies.

If they want to get rid of Blatter or a replacement Blatter without changing the voting structures, they need to convince the other FAs.
 
May 26, 2010
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great chance for UEFA to morph into new world footballing body. Europe is where all the players want to play as that is where the $$$s are so the federations will follow suit pretty quickly or the players will jump countries, plenty of Brazilians will join EU nations to further their careers. Not much of a world cup with no EU countries.
 
Very long article on Chuck Blazer, who went from a nobody to one of the most powerful men in soccer. It was actually published during the WC last year, when Blazer was already in trouble.

Under his reading of the Sportvertising contract, Blazer had CONCACAF pick up not only his work expenses but many personal ones as well. Blazer has lived in three different apartments in the Trump Tower, most recently a 2,000-square-foot unit on the 49th floor with a monthly rent of $18,000, much of which CONCACAF covered. In 2011 alone, he received $259,000 in “personal residence expenses” from the confederation, tax filings show. CONCACAF also bought, for Blazer’s personal use, a $48,500 Hummer SUV, which some employees said he chose because of his considerable size. CONCACAF paid more than $600 a month for parking, as well as auto insurance for Blazer and his girlfriend...CONCACAF’s share of the rent might have been justified because Blazer often used his apartment as a second office — working “in his underwear, with the lights off,” recalled Brennan.
According to former CONCACAF employees, most of the confederation’s operating expenses were charged to an American Express account that Blazer controlled. Confederation records show that between 2004 and 2011, CONCACAF paid nearly $30 million on that AmEx account, of which $3 million were Blazer’s personal expenses. At the end of each year, Blazer would reckon his accounts and deduct any of those costs from his side of the ledger. The AmEx points, however, redounded to Blazer, and he at times used them for companions to accompany him when he traveled first class on CONCACAF’s dime.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/the-rise-and-fall-of-chuck-blazer-the-man-who-built-and-bilk#.rgVy0W5vd
 
In what shouldn't come as much of a surprise:

Blatter re-elected president

IOW, the world of soccer/football loves its business as usual. 'How else can we be assured that we will have a chance at hosting the World Cup in our country if we cannot pay someone for it? We understand that these things need money. Damn if the next thing you are going to want to get rid of is something even more essential like doping.'

Dave.
 
Apr 3, 2011
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D-Queued said:
In what shouldn't come as much of a surprise:

Blatter re-elected president

IOW, the world of soccer/football loves its business as usual. 'How else can we be assured that we will have a chance at hosting the World Cup in our country if we cannot pay someone for it? We understand that these things need money. Damn if the next thing you are going to want to get rid of is something even more essential like doping.'

Dave.
Fortunately, in cycling the organizers get all the money without any hassle - imagine UCI to decide who will organize THE TOUR every few years.
 
Blatter resigns!

This saga reminds me more and more of Nixon and Watergate. A powerful chief executive confronted with all kinds of illegal activities perpetrated by his underlings, denying he knows anything about it. Insists he will never resign. Then, much more quickly than people expect, the end comes. In fact, in today's world, these things seem to play out much faster.

http://www.espnfc.us/fifa-world-cup/story/2476623/fifa-president-sepp-blatter-resigns-amid-corruption-scandal

"FIFA needs a profound overhaul," Blatter said in French, according to FIFA's translation. "While I have a mandate from the membership of FIFA, I do not feel that I have a mandate from the entire world of football -- the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA.

"Therefore, I have decided to lay down my mandate [as president] at an extraordinary elective congress. I will continue to exercise my functions as FIFA president until that election."
If he had resigned the instant the arrests were made public, he could have spun it as the executive doing the right thing, taking the heat even while insisting he knew nothing about the bribes. He might have gotten a little credit for that. The fact that he at first refused to resign, though, makes it pretty obvious that he's only doing so now because he knows that if he doesn't he will be forced out by the investigation. Someone will spill on him, maybe already has.
 

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