WADA boss John Fahey tosses out some barbs at the governing organizations of world soccer, accusing FIFA and UEFA of head butting anti-doping policies. AFP reports:
"One of the key principles of efficient doping control is the surprise effect and the possibility to test an athlete without advance notice on a 365 day basis," the World Anti Doping Agency President said in a statement.
"Alleging, as FIFA and UEFA do, that testing should only take place at training grounds and not during holiday periods, ignores the reality of doping in sport.
"Experience has demonstrated that athletes who cheat seize every opportunity to do so and dope when they believe they won?t be tested," he added.
FIFA rejected out of season testing:
The footballing bodies on Tuesday formally rejected the 'whereabouts' rule, arguing that team sport players should be treated differently.
UEFA chief Michel Platini and FIFA President Sepp Blatter had already signalled their opposition in recent weeks, reopening an old rift over the tougher global drive against doping in sports.
Blatter had been at loggerheads with WADA for years, mainly over the penalties for drug taking, and FIFA only came on board unified rules in May 2007 - the last Olympic-affiliated sports federation to do so.
While unsavory, out of season testig appears obvious if a sports league is serious about anti-doping.