Barca stars undergo tests

Image: Barcelona: Routine tests

Ten Barcelona players have undergone 'routine' doping tests days after allegations were aimed at the club.

Club unhappy at accusations

Ten Barcelona players have undergone 'routine' Uefa doping tests days after allegations were aimed at the club. The doping tests on Thursday follow allegations from a Spanish radio station on Sunday that the Catalan giants had links to disreputable doctors. The station did not name the doctors in question, yet quoted an unidentified representative of Real Madrid. The current Primera Liga leaders were last subjected to doping controls less than a month ago. A statement on the club's official site read: "Uefa doctors paid a surprise visit to Barca's training this morning and carried out routine drug tests on 10 Barca players. "This is the second time Barca have received Uefa's routine visits this season, after three last year."


The Cadena Cope station also alleged that controversial doctor Eufemiano Fuentes, one of six men charged in a doping scandal in December last year, worked with Valencia football club during its league title wins in 2002 and 2004. Both La Liga sides have threatened to take legal action against the radio station, who although apologising to Barcelona, have not retracted their report. One of the ten players to be tested, Gerard Pique responded on his Twitter page: "We have an anti-doping control today by Uefa, what a coincidence."

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