25 Mar 2009

Football bodies reject WADA code

6:05 am on 25 March 2009

Fifa and Uefa have formally rejected the World Anti-Doping Agency's "whereabouts" code.

Wada wanted football to join other sports such as athletics in providing players' location for one hour each day of the year.

In a joint statement, the governing bodies say they wanted to respect player's privacy.

The statement says Fifa and Uefa do not accept that controls be undertaken during the short holiday period of players.

FIFA's executive committee had already opposed the rule last week and that decision was echoed by Uefa's executive committee at a meeting in Copenhagen yesterday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said the world governing body had teamed up with other team sports, including basketball, volleyball, ice hockey and rugby union, to oppose the rules.