WADA Chief Calls Out FIFA
The president of the World Anti-Doping Agency is encouraging world football to adopt more rigorous anti-doping policies in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.
“Whatever the sport, wherever it is in the world, more can be done,” John Fahey told reporters Tuesday in London at the annual WADA Media Symposium, according to an AFP report.
“I simply say this about football — they are not testing enough for EPO,” he noted.
“They can do more and we encourage them to do more.”
Fahey’s comments Tuesday echoed recent criticism from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who called current anti-doping policies in football too lax.
WADA leadership is scheduled to meet with FIFA president Sepp Blatter later this week in Zurich.
Cosmos Schedule Takes Shape
The resurrected New York Cosmos will return to the North American Soccer League on Aug. 3 against longtime NASL rival the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for their first meeting in more than 30 years.
“We’re thrilled to return to the playing field against our historic rivals and take this first step towards returning to the top and delivering the New York Cosmos to the stature and prominence they deserve,” Cosmos COO Erik Stover said Tuesday in a statement announcing ticket prices for the upcoming season.
Notably, the Cosmos will play their home matches at Hofstra University’s former football stadium in nearby Hempstead, New York for the time being. CEO Seamus O’Brien announced plans last month for a $400 million stadium in Belmont Park, the plans for which must be approved later this year by the Empire State Development Corporation.
According to O’Brien, the “state-of-the-art” stadium could break ground in 2014 with retail stores opening in 2015 and players taking the pitch in 2016.
Fox Doubles Down on CONCACAF
FOX Soccer will expand its U.S. coverage of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football to include a further five competitions beginning this month.
The additions include the 2013 CONCACAF Men’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championships, the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 and Under-20 Championships and 2015 CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying.
“Our expanded relationship with FOX Soccer in the United States is a tangible example of the growing popularity that our competitions are experiencing within our region,” said CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb.
“We are hopeful that this comprehensive coverage model will serve as the benchmark for future years.”
FIFA Sanctions Canadian Player, Brazilian Agent
In separate decisions announced Monday by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee, a Canadian striker is sanctioned for unsportsmanlike conduct and language while a Brazilian agent is warned for a violation of transfer rules pertaining to one of his players.
Olivier Occean is suspended from Canada’s next six matches and must also pay a fine of 7,500 Swiss francs after “displaying several acts of unsporting behavior and using offensive language towards match officials” during a World Cup qualifier against Cuba last October.
Meanwhile, Renato de Moura Ricardo was found guilty of a violation of FIFA Players’ Agents Regulations, fined 7,000 Swiss francs and “informed that a further breach of the Players’ Agents Regulations will result in more severe sanctions” from the Disciplinary Committee.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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