Funny things, expectations: people get all affronted by stories of doping in athletics, or cycling, or football, tennis, bog-snorkelling, but when it comes to racing, no one bats an eyelid. Like everyone expects the horsey-game to be populated by bandy-legged little con-men just aching to plunge syringes into vulnerable veins. There’s almost disappointment if the roguish-slash-criminal caricature doesn’t apply.
FIFA's chief medical officer insists he is confident there is no systematic doping in football. A report on doping in sport by the French Senate - which focused primarily on cycling's Tour de France during the 1990s - also covered anti-doping procedures in football and rugby union at that time.