Saturday 18 November 2017

Scottish football has conducted just eight drug tests in the last nine months

Football pitch
Football pitch

A BBC Sport report has highlighted just how lax drug testing is in Scottish football, with just eight tests conducted in the last nine months.

The issue of doping in sports was highlighted again this week with the admission from tennis star Maria Sharapova that she failed a drugs test at this year's Australian Open. Speaking about the problem on Off The Ball earlier this week, host Joe Molloy and journalist Paul Kimmage agreed that football could be the next sport to be plagued by drug problems.

This BBC investigation furthers that view, as it also stated that no tests have been carried out in the last three months.

The SFA don't fund any testing but are still adamant that football in Scotland is clean.

The eight tests don't include those conducted by Uefa with Scottish players or teams but the figure is still minuscule in comparison with the 1583 tests undertaken in English football over the same eight month period.

For a comparison, the Scottish rugby union carried out 102 tests in the same time.

An SFA spokesman told BBC Sport: "We are ever-vigilant of the global threat of doping in sport and have discussed the possibility of Ukad extending their provision in Scottish football.

"We are in constant dialogue with Ukad [United Kingdom Anti-Doping] on provision of testing in Scottish football and are proud and protective of our reputation as a clean sport."

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