UEFA has revealed there were positive results in doping tests for players in the Champions League. UEFA however is denying that there is widespread use of performance enhancing drugs in professional football after a commissioned study just released suggest otherwise. UEFA stressed that at the highest level, the Champions League, doping is almost non-existent.
The governing body in Europe for football responded to the results from a study that has reportedly revealed that 7.7% of the 879 players who were involved in the Champions League, Europa League and another two European Championships from 2008 to 2013 returned high levels of testosterone.
Scientists who were commissioned by the UEFA found that 68 of the players recorded a drug test result that was “atypical.” That indicates possible use of banned anabolic steroids.
This study examined over 4,000 urine tests that were from professional footballers and found abnormalities that under new rules in UEFA would trigger an investigation. However, the new rules were just established this month.
A statement from UEFA said that the European ruling body want to clarify many points regarding the report that it commissioned and one that it contributed to, which was published in early September.
The study has no scientific evidence of possible doping amongst footballers especially because there were no standardized procedures in the testing amongst a group of 12 different laboratories.
UEFA has a very thorough program of anti-doping with more than 2,000 tests per year performed that have resulted in just two positive results, both of which were for recreational drugs, which proves doping in European football continues to be extremely rare.
UEFA added that it had implemented a new program for steroid profiling which entered into operation at the start of the current 2015/16 season.
The program said officials will help the current strong deterrent effect the UEFA testing program already has as it can better detect the effects of doping during a period of time and help complement the existing direct testing for anti-doping.
The Champions League has just started its group stage and all those involved from players to coaches to club owners want the focus on the pitch and the players and not in a laboratory or courtroom setting.