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Fifa fights for Wada code rethink

Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter highlighted the 25,000 tests carried out in football last year

Fifa has continued its demands for a change to the World Anti-Doping Agency's new set of guidelines after its latest executive meeting.

World football's governing body believes players should be exempt from testing outside of regular tournaments.

It also advocates a relaxation of Wada's new "whereabouts" code, with testers given the advance locations of teams rather than individual players.

Wada president John Fahey rejected the suggested modifications last month.

After today's meeting in Geneva, his Fifa counterpart Sepp Blatter announced that he would send a second letter to Wada appealing for a rethink.

"We're surprised that through certain statements there won't be exceptions whatever the sport. The team sports are in total agreement," he said.

You cannot have a time when you are clean and a time when you are not.

John Fahey's comments last month

"It's not a question of not fighting doping, but one should not have a witchhunt."

A Fifa statement outlined a proposal where doping testers would be able to visit team training facilities six days a week with a hiatus between the end and start of the season "so that the privacy of players can be respected".

But Fahey has been adamant that any compromise on the new system, which requires athletes to provide details of where they will be for an hour a day both in and out of season, would allow scope for cheating.

"You cannot have a time when you are clean and a time when you are not. It has to be a case of clean the whole time," he said after a first letter from Fifa to his organisation.

After a meeting with the Team Sports Federation and the International Rugby Board in December, Fifa asked for more time to put in place the 2009 code.

Uefa president Michel Platini has supported Fifa's opposition to the full Wada regime, suggesting a 20-day holiday for players during their break, while tennis stars Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have also complained about the demands it places on them.

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