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Drugs testing in sports is farcical

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0407307a (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0407307a
  1. Bhavesh Gohil, Fifth year medical student1
  1. 1Barts and the London

Just as everyone thought that thought the Riogate saga was finally over, I decided that we should actually think about what actually happened and what it really means. The bare facts are that Rio Ferdinand missed a routine drug test and was then banned from football for eight months and fined £50,000 ($90 700; €75 000) as punishment.

Without going into too much details of the now infamous day, I agree that although he was wrong to have missed or “forgotten” to take the drugs test, because he was moving house, it seems that the punishment does not fit the crime.

Ferdinand seems to have been made a scapegoat, …

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