Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has slammed UEFA, the governing body of European Football, for ‘accepting doping‘. Wenger remarked it is a surprising rule that a team cannot be disqualified from continental competition unless more than two players fail a test.

Wenger made these comments referring to Arijan Ademi who tested positive for a banned substance in the post-match drugs test after playing the full 90 minutes as Dinamo beat Arsenal 2-1 in their Group F opener on September 16, 2015. Ademi denied deliberately doping but UEFA suspended him for four years, subject to an appeal. The 24-year-old will be banned until 2019.

The UEFA rule corresponds to the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). However, the Arsenal coach said he personally doesn’t agree with the rule and also commented that you cannot say that they had a doped player but the result stands. Wenger said this is like you basically accept doping and also said the rules need to be changed.

In an interview to L’Equipe, Wenger recently insisted that he never asked any of his players to use a performance enhancing drug as a matter of personal pride. The Arsenal manager said to L’Equipe that he has “played against many teams” that use performance-enhancing drugs. Arsenal’s most successful coach also said he is not satisfied with the level of testing because he believes blood tests should be done. Wenger also commented that urine checks are superficial and not deep enough to say absolutely sure that we have no doping problem in football.

UEFA has asked Wenger to explain those comments in light of the recent Russian doping scandal in athletics.

Wenger also said many athletes and footballers use such drugs as there is only room for the hero – the winner – and nobody cares about the second. The Frenchman also asked clubs to sack players who fail drugs test. Wenger also repeated his call for blood testing to be introduced in football. Wenger also said he thinks you have to make the player feel responsible for the club as well.

The comments of Wenger brought a response from UEFA. In a statement, UEFA spokesman Pedro Pinto said the anti-doping regulations of UEFA regulations regarding the consequences for teams for doping offences are strictly in accordance with article 11 of the WADA code that states that where more than one team member in a team sport has been notified of a possible anti-doping rule violation, the team shall be subject to target testing for the event.

Pinto added if more than two team members in a team sport are found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the event, the team may be subject to disqualification or other disciplinary action. The UEFA spokesman also defended UEFA’s anti-doping regulations by saying blood testing is a key part of UEFA’s anti-doping arsenal and the governing body of European Football has in fact been blood testing since 2008. Pinto added UEFA carried out 2,318 tests – 2,024 urine tests and 294 blood tests in the 2014-2015 season.

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