Lionel Messi and Neymar will take part in a new anti-doping programme to trial a biological passport in football, Fifa said. All players set to be involved in the seven-team Club World Cup next month will give samples beforehand to help laboratories prepare their individual steroid profiles.
Players then selected for anti-doping controls in the December 8-18 tournament in Japan will have their results measured against out-of-competition tests taken up to one month earlier.
“(Fifa) recently reviewed the current drug-testing procedures within football and come up with a new approach,” the governing body said in a statement. “The main, new aim will be to capture players' individual steroid profile.” Fifa announced the pilot project as the competition draw was made in Nagoya, Japan. Teams including Barcelona where Messi plays will have to provide details of their whereabouts for testers to collect samples.
No place for Tevez
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini appeared to close the door on a return for outcast Carlos Tevez on Friday, saying there was no way back for the striker who is in Argentina without the club's permission.
Mancini had offered the Argentine an olive branch earlier this month by saying that if he apologised for refusing to warm up in September things could go back to normal.
That option receded on Friday, when Mancini was asked if Tevez could return to play.