Soccer can't keep head in the sand over drug issue
Published 20/05/2015 | 02:30
It's not too often on the show that footballers talk about performance enhancing drugs.
It isn't the done thing it seems. Invariably, it is the remit of cyclists or swimmers or runners, but rarely footballers.
Pat Nevin took us there for a change on Monday night.
Initially we discussed Jake Livermore's recent problems involving cocaine, before performance enhancing drugs came up.
Nevin remembered several instances where he had his suspicions.
He mentioned a handful of games, particularly on European nights.
He said: "I would generally try and beat people with skill. But what people didn't know is that I was a distance runner as well. So if I was struggling, I would decide 'I am going to run you mate, and you are going to be run to death.'
"And now and again - and I'm a decent middle distance runner so I know what standards are - you'd be running guys and I'm looking after 60-70 minutes thinking, 'you're not tired, that's wrong, that's just wrong. I don't mind you being fitter than me, but you're not even tired and I've run the legs off you'."
He added that "there'd be a slight look in the eye as well. I'd think, I'm not sure about that."
The upside for any drug cheats from that era is that in his 800-plus professional games of football, Nevin was tested just the once.