On Monday, sources inside FIFA revealed that despite the organization’s best efforts to cover up their ongoing World Cup doping scandal, as many as 28 different players from 7 different teams have now tested positive for using performance-enhancing drugs… and still, FIFA is refusing to do anything about it, shy of issuing additional fines to players, fitness staff, and the teams themselves.
The nine different sources, who have all requested anonymity, claim that FIFA has been drug-testing players on a weekly basis since the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Players from Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany have tested positive, though it remains unclear how many players from each team are doping, or which players specifically are using drugs to improve their games.
FIFA originally found that six players from the Netherlands and one player from Belgium had tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs earlier in June. FIFA fined those players, and proceeded to cover up the story, allegedly suing news organizations that considered reporting on it.
Since then, 16 more players have also tested positive, including three players from Germany, and two more from Belgium. Other players that have tested positive hailed from Switzerland, Portugal, Cameroon, and one other nation, though none of these anonymous sources could confirm the other nation, nor could they provide any insights into how many players had been doping from each team.
“FIFA essentially gag-ordered everyone in the medical staff. They said if we spoke out publicly about [doping], we’d be fired,” one source claims, who showed credentials placing them as a high-ranking medical staffer in FIFA. “They want the scandal to go away, but not the doping, and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep this hush-hush.”
One source claims that a Belgian player was so brazen with his doping that he actually “shot up” on the bench, believing he was about to be subbed in during the Belgium-Russia match, which they won 1-0 on June 22nd.
“He had unlaced his whole boot, stripped his sock, and stuck the needle into his foot,” the source alleges. “They had medical staff blocking the view, and FIFA had ordered the cameras to turn away. Then they fined him after the game. It’s ridiculous. They’re not only turning a blind eye to doping, they’re enabling it.”
How much does FIFA fine players who are caught doping? Not as much as you might think. “These fines are usually pretty low,” one source claims. “One player paid €20,000. Another, a Belgian, he paid €85,000. The biggest fine I’ve heard of was around €118,000. To these players, who at club level earn millions per year, it’s almost nothing for them.”
Belgium will play against the United States on Tuesday at 3pm EST. Germany has advanced to the quarterfinals, where they will face off against France, who have not yet been named in the scandal.