Play your part
As a player, you have a number of responsibilities when it comes to anti-doping matters.
If you are in a registered testing pool, it is important that you are available for testing when required at a given time and place, seven days a week, as well as at all training sessions and competitions.
You are responsible for providing information on your whereabouts (where you will be and when) to the anti-doping authority whenever they ask you for it. If they attempt to test you based on the information you have provided and you are not at the indicated location and at the indicated time, you will face similar consequences as if you had tested positive for a prohibited substance.
Refusing to take part in a doping control can lead to the same consequences as a positive test. If you refuse to take a test when notified, you must provide the reason why on the relevant form and inform the governing body as soon as possible.
If you fail to submit a sample or refuse, evade or tamper with any part of a doping control, it counts as an anti-doping rule violation and can result in you being banned for up to four years.
The fight against doping in football needs everyone to play their part. If you have seen or have reason to believe that someone else has committed an anti-doping rule violation, you have a duty to flag it up using FIFA’s doping reporting mechanism.
The one person you can trust above everyone else is you. That is why you should consult WADA’s Prohibited List yourself rather than rely on others to know what you can and cannot take.
If you are ever in doubt about whether or not the ingredients of any food, drink, supplement or medication are allowed, do not take it. Always double-check: do your own research, like checking the Global Drug Reference Online (DRO), and ask for second opinions.
If you are found to have broken the anti-doping rules, wrong advice from a doctor is not a valid excuse and will not save you from the consequences.
Remember: YOU are responsible for what goes into your body.