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Following the third World Conference on Doping in Sport from 15 to 17 November 2007 in Madrid, FIFA has drawn positive conclusions on the debates and decisions, while at the same time reiterating its commitment to fight doping and contribute towards the harmonisation of the World Anti-Doping Code.

A FIFA delegation, led of Dr Michel D'Hooghe, a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and chairman of the FIFA Sports Medical Committee, and Professor Jiri Dvorak, FIFA chief medical officer, continued the substantial long-term contribution FIFA has made to the development of the World Anti-Doping Code.

"FIFA and WADA have always fought hard to defend their respective positions, for the sake and for the protection of football," said President Joseph S. Blatter. "FIFA's main objective has always been to see the principle of individual case management integrated into the code and to give team sports a voice. This is now the case."

FIFA has been grateful to see WADA consider football's concerns and to introduce the relevant changes in the final version of the code. "The new code demonstrates that, in the interests of the athletes, harmonisation and flexibility of sanctions are preferable to uniformity," concluded the FIFA President. "FIFA will continue to play a part in the further development of the code - and in the ongoing fight against doping in football, thus ensuring FIFA's support for the new World Anti-Doping Code."

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