Frankfurt - FIFA president Joseph Blatter has reiterated his opposition to out-of-competition doping testing rules, saying the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has become a "police" organization.
WADA under its first president, the Canadian Richard Pound, had turned from a "service" body, particularly for those sports which couldn't finance its own doping controls, into a "police" organization, Blatter told Saturday's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).
"And that is wrong," he said.
Football's ruling body FIFA and the European union UEFA have opposed the new strict whereabouts rule in the World Anti-Doping Code, and Blatter insisted football was leading the way in the fight against doping.
"We are the forerunners and work very closely with the IOC (International Olympic Committee)," he told the German daily.
Since the beginning of January, the WADAcode requires elite athletes to give notice of their location on a chosen one-hour period each day, seven days a week.
FIFA and UEFA have rejected the notion of having to inform doping officials of the individual location of team-sport athletes.
Both footballing bodies say testing for team players should only take place at training grounds and not during holiday periods.
In the dispute with football's governing bodies, WADA president John Fahey has meanwhile accused FIFA and UEFA of ignoring reality on their opposition to out-of-competition drugs testing.
But Blatter told the FAZ: "We offer other federations our help and have a network of 3,000 doctors who can undertake doping controls. We can also make our doctors available to WADA.
"We in football are the ones who carry out the most doping controls in the world. Football too is not free of doping cases but we are doing what we can."
Blatter said footballers were always together in training or matches and their whereabouts were known.
The only exception would be for long-term injured players or those serving suspensions, who could be tested at any time.
"We are in a situation in which all are accused. That doesn't fit my understanding of law," Blatter said.
"Every sportsperson is, in the sense of the WADA code, suspected of doping, therefore accused. That's not right in our society."
Blatter added that WADA should be based in Europe and not Montreal saying it only went to Canada "because Pound, its first president, had said if I can't be IOC president then WADA should at least come to me."
Lausanne in Switzerland - where the IOC and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) are also based - would be a suitable location, the FIFA president suggested. (dpa)
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