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No cases of doping detected during Euro 2008

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 1 Jul 2008

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No banned substances were detected among the 300 doping controls carried out during Euro 2008, the director of the Vienna/Seibersdorf laboratory Gunter Gmeiner confirmed on Tuesday.

“What was special about this Euro was the high level of controls carried out,” Gmeiner told a press conference here.

Tests were carried out by both the Vienna/Seibersdorf laboratory and a laboratory in Lausanne, which was also accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Ten players from each of the 16 teams were controlled during the early rounds and then two per team for the final phase of competition from June 7-29.

And for the first time samples of both blood and urine were taken and controls included an automatic test for the blood booster erythropoietin (EPO).

The only results which have yet to be completed are from Sunday's final where Spain beat Germany 1-0.

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