Andrey Arshavin’s comments on doping are as concerning as they’re dismissive

Another day, another controversial story involving Russia and another one centred around doping in sport, with Arsenal’s former club-record signing, Andrey Arshavin, causing quite the stir with his latest comments.

“Though it’s angered a lot of people, in my opinion, there’s doping in all repetitive sports. It is simply impossible to succeed without doping. I think everyone dopes.”

Andrey Arshavin

There must be something in the Russian DNA to see some sort of justification in things the majority of the rest of the world find immoral and the law finds illegal.

The woe is me mentality is unwarranted and tiresome, but that won’t change any time soon – it’s almost like Jose Mourinho is President of Russia.

Arshavin, who is currently seeing out his playing days in Kazakhstan with FC Kairat – and not doing too bad of a job…

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…hinted that performance-enhancing drugs are an issue in the beautiful game:

“In football and hockey it happens to a lesser extent.

“I say that stuff about repetitive sports because they are easier to calculate, and everything goes in cycles. In football, things are much harder to predict.”

Andrey Arshavin

Sure, that won’t be any surprise to any of us. Football is corrupt from the boardroom down to the grassroots levels, so why wouldn’t it be involved in the doping side of things?!

Just this summer, we had Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho banned for using an illegal substance, and before that we had the Kolo Toure diet pills fiasco, to name just two examples.

Currently, at this time of writing, there are around 65,000 professional footballers in the world, and in 2014 FIFA carried out 31,242 doping tests worldwide – a total of 61 came back positive.

61 isn’t even half-a-percent, however. Although a cliche, it’s still 61 too many. And why aren’t FIFA – and all respective sporting governing bodies – testing each and every single participant? So what if it costs more than Paul Pogba, or takes longer than Arsene Wenger to conclude a transfer? The purity of the game is the most important thing, because otherwise we may as well just let athletes run wild and create a Space Jam-esque Premier League.

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