Football / World Cup: World Cup drug tests

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RANDOM DRUG tests are to be carried out on players after World Cup qualifying matches, Fifa, the game's world governing body, decreed yesterday.

Fifa also said that at the 1994 finals in the United States two players would be tested at random following first-round matches and three after games during the rest of the tournament.

A recent report showed that of 7,608 players tested under the Olympic drug programme, 18 provided positive findings. Fifa said that record made football the 'cleanest' sport.

Diego Maradona has said he will play for the Turkish club, Galatasaray, next season if he does not renew his contract with Seville.

'If I don't reach agreement with Seville, I will come to play for Galatasaray. It would be a great pleasure to play in Turkey,' said Maradona, who is in Istanbul for a friendly match between the Spanish club and Galatasaray tonight.