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Spanish football players on dope?


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Madrid – Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, who was at the centre of the biggest cycling doping scandal so far in 2006, was thought to have retired from the world of sports.

Fuentes may not have honoured his pledge, as he has now been detained in another major doping probe.
The Canaries-based practician is among 14 suspects charged with being part of a doping ring that allegedly supplied athletes with banned substances.
The suspects include the 2009 steeplechase world champion Marta Dominguez.

The detainees allegedly used forbidden methods such as transfusions of athletes' own blood as well as forbidden substances such as the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO) and anabolic steroids, according to police.

Fuentes had already been linked with a huge doping scandal in 2006, when the so-called Operation Puerto targeted cyclists, officials and doctors over blood doping.
Famous riders such as former Tour champ Jan Ullrich were sacked by their teams, while Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Basso served competition bans.

Fuentes – a trained gynaecologist and former athlete – was among a group of doctors who put in place a programme called biological following, which contributed to the success of Spanish athletics in the early 1980s.
At the time, Fuentes defended the use of blood transfusions and anabolic steroids to help sports professionals recover the strength they lost in training and contests.
Fuentes had begun working for the Spanish Athletics Federation (RFEA) already in the 1970s. The athletes he prepared included his wife, Cristina Perez. When she tested positive for doping in 1988, Fuentes had to leave the federation.
Documents discovered in the Operation Puerto indicated that Fuentes may have been involved with athletics in recent years as well. Some even claim that he has cooperated with the most powerful Spanish football clubs.

source: ?Doctor Doping? rears his head - Cycling - IOL | Breaking News | South Africa News | World News | Sport | Business | Entertainment | IOL.co.za
The current investigation appears to be mainly focused on track and field. Most of the names released in the previous Operacion Puerto probe were of cyclists, but it was also rumoured at the time that footballers were also involved.
Fuentes himself has apparently now further encouraged those rumours, as he is said to have told fellow cellmates over the weekend, “If I told them what I know, then goodbye to the World Cup and European championship.”
The Spanish national team are the reigning European and world champions, having won the titles in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

Source: Fuentes Indicted In Spain But Out Of Jail | Cyclingnews.com
I've always had my doubts about doping being used in football (it just doesn't seem as efficient as it is in cycling or athletics), but there is an increasing ammount of rumours at the moment that support the possible widespread use of doping in the sport.

The Fuentes-case already eliminated half of the top Spanish cyclists and with the recent allegations against Contador it doesn't look very good for Spanish sport in that field. Now it seems that also many athletes and football players seem implicated in the 'dirty business'.

There's no solid proof yet, but there's definitely something fishy going on.
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