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'FIFA rules don't comply with Anti-Doping Code'

Even though the decision is not binding, world sport's highest court has decreed in favour of World Anti-Doping Agency, which dictates policy for federations.

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 09:16 IST

FIFA's doping rules fail to fully comply with the World Anti-Doping Code, world sport's highest court said on Tuesday.

Despite the ruling, the soccer federation is not required by Swiss law to amend its policy.

"The FIFA code is not in full compliance with the WADC," a Court of Arbitration for Sport panel said.

The decision is not binding, but merely an opinion on the long-standing dispute between FIFA and WADA.

The Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency, which dictates doping policy for all 35 Olympic sports federations, has accused FIFA of non-compliance with its doping code because of FIFA's unwillingness to adopt WADA's recommended two-year ban for first-time drug offenses.

Soccer's world governing body says it disagrees with WADA over an automatic two-year ban because it's legally problematic to not take into account the extent of the offender's guilt.

Any sport not conforming to WADA's code risks being omitted from the Olympics. In November, both sides asked CAS to give an advisory opinion on the dispute.

"As an association governed by Swiss law, FIFA is free, within the limits of mandatory Swiss law, to determine such sanctions on anti-doping violations as it deems appropriate," CAS said in its 70-page ruling.

CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, said FIFA could "establish lower minimum sanctions than provided by the WADC."

First Published: Apr 25, 2006 09:16 IST