All players have the right to take part in football knowing that they, their team mates, and their competitors, are clean. The use of performance-enhancing drugs and doping activity severely damages the legacy of the game.
Anti-doping is integral to clean sport and it’s important that players are clued up on the anti-doping rules. Players are personally responsible for any banned substances detected during doping control tests.
What is strict liability?
Players must make sure that they are aware of the principle of strict liability. This means that players are personally responsible for any banned substance found in their system, regardless of how it got there and whether or not they had an intention to cheat.
In the experience of the Scottish FA, positive tests are extremely rare, and mainly unintentional.
One of the biggest misconceptions is that only performance-enhancing drugs are on the prohibited list. In fact, banned substances can be found in anything from vitamin supplements and sports drinks to over-the-counter medication.
Players should regularly check the prohibited list on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) website www.wada-ama.org and check all medications on www.globaldro.co.uk
What are the anti-doping rules?
The World Anti-Doping Code outlines eight Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) which govern clean sport. Players - and support staff - may receive a ban from sport if any of the following ADRVs are committed: