Is doping an issue in EFL?

At least 39% of EFL players not drug tested in 2015-16

Daily Telegraph

FA issues withering rebuke to UK anti-doping chief for 'something doesn't feel right' about football remark

She did not point the finger at English football or criticise the FA in any way but Bailey still felt compelled to issue a staunch defence of its anti-doping policies.

Confirming it met Wenger last year following his fury over the handling of a failed drugs test by Dinamo Zagreb's Arijan Ademi after their Champions League win against Arsenal, Bailey said: "We discussed this matter with Mr Wenger some weeks ago when the comments were made and both agree this is an extremely important subject.

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The FA Anti-Doping Testing Programme

The Football Association’s Anti-Doping Programme combines research, education and drug testing.

It is designed to ensure that The FA is up to date with developments and research into anti-doping , that football’s participants are sufficiently educated about both the regulations relating to anti-doping, the risks of doping and that it is effective in detecting and deterring drug use within the game.

The fundamental aims of the Anti-Doping Programme laid down by The FA, FIFA, UEFA and WADA are threefold:

To uphold and preserve the ethics of sport. To safeguard the physical health and mental integrity of players. To ensure that all players have an equal chance. The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations are WADA Code compliant and The FA works closely with its stakeholders to ensure that the Anti-Doping Programme is effective and maintains the integrity of English football against the threat presented by doping in sport.

Testing Programme

The FA conducts drug testing both in competition (post match) and out of competition (at training sessions and player’s home addresses). Players can be selected for a drug test in either a random or a targeted basis.

The FA seeks to use all intelligence and research available to identify the areas of highest doping risk and tailors its testing programme accordingly.

Players are tested for the prohibited substances contained within The FA’s Anti-Doping Regulations. The FA conducts drug tests on players via the collection of blood and urine samples. All tests are collected by Doping Control Officers (DCO) and Chaperones, who are accredited to World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) standards.

They are assisted by a Football Association Supervising Officer (FASO) who acts as a facilitator for all involved in the testing process. Samples collected under The FA Anti-Doping Programme are only ever analysed at WADA-accredited laboratories. This ensures that players and The FA can have full confidence in the accuracy of a test result.

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English FA covered up 13 failed drugs tests before Saido Berahino ban was revealed -

The Daily Mail revealed last week that new Stoke City signing Saido Berahino served an eight-week suspension imposed by the FA after reportedly testing positive for the ecstasy-based drug MDMA while playing for West Bromwich Albion.

The positive test was kept quiet by all parties involved, with the FA arguing that keeping matters private was important for helping the players to recover, but the Daily Mail has now released a fresh report that 13 footballers tested positive for recreational drugs in the period between July 2012 and June 2016, before Berahino's failed test.

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