Fifa reveals figures for World Cup doping tests
Before the semi-finals France-Morocco and Argentina-Croatia at the World Cup, on Fifa on Monday welcomed the effectiveness of its anti-doping protocol in Qatar. In line with a year 2022, when the body multiplied the tests, the fight against doping was an integral part of the competition, which was disputed in the Gulf. In less than a month of competition, since November 18, no less than 369 checks have been carried out on the sidelines of matches. Even better for the international federation, no player tested positive during the World Cup.
“Each player was thus subject to random checks before Qatar 2022, while systematic checks were carried out during the competition, both after matches and on non-match days,” Fifa said in a statement. communicated released on the eve of the clash between Argentina and Croatia.
In addition to the tests carried out by the national anti-doping organisations, Fifa therefore organized 1,433 controls during the year 2022, before the analyzes were carried out by laboratories accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). During the tests, 3909 samples were collected, including 941 only during the World Cup in the Gulf. For the past year, four players have tested positive for banned substances: Erick Alejandro Rivera (El Salvador), Sylvain Gbohouo (Ivory Coast), Wisdom Niayitey Quaye July (Honduras) and Orlando Moisés Galo Calderón (Costa Rica). On the other hand, none of the participants in the competition were caught with doping products in their bodies.
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An airlift established between Morocco and Qatar for the supporters of the Atlas Lions
The national company Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has decided to operate almost 30 special flights between Casablanca and Doha on Tuesday and Wednesday to transport Moroccan supporters to the semi-final of the World Cup against France (Wednesday at 20:00).
“To allow the many Moroccans who want to support the national team in its epic and to experience the emotions of the semi-finals of the World Cup (…), Royal Air Maroc has created a real air bridge between Casablanca and Doha,” said a RAM statement published Monday.
“Has a historic qualification, a historic unit”, boasts the airline: almost 30 flights will be provided by “jumbo jets” on the evening and day of the match between Mohammed V airport in Casablanca, the most populous city of the kingdom, and Doha.
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“We want more”, launches the Croatian coach before challenging Argentina
Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s coach, in a press conference: “We are in the top four teams in the world. It is an extraordinary success for Croatia to achieve this in two consecutive World Cups. But we want more, even if we play the great Argentina , led by Messi. They have more pressure than us. I am optimistic by nature. I have confidence in my players, in their qualities and their strength of character. To repeat such a feat four years later with a new team, it is incredible, a great success. If we win tomorrow it will be the biggest game in our history. I couldn’t imagine guiding Croatia in two World Cups and making a final and in less than a semi-final, I thought that was reserved for others. But I took my chance and I’m glad I got this chance. I’m proud of what we did, of Croatia and my players. To become a coach for Croatia was one of my dreams, but I couldn’t dream about what’s happening to me at the moment.”
Scaloni says Argentina ‘respect all opponents’
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni insisted on Monday that he and his team respect the Netherlands “like all their opponents” after the incidents that marked the World Cup quarter-final between the two teams on Friday.
“The game the other day was played as it should be played, both on the Argentine side and on the Dutch side. It’s football. There are times when you attack, others when you defend and there can be discussions, but there is a referee ,” Scaloni said.
“Everyone has to know how to win and know how to lose. We lost against Saudi Arabia and we remained calm. We won the Copa America in Brazil and there were very beautiful pictures with Messi, Neymar, Paredes…” , he added.
“I don’t agree with this idea that we can’t win. I reject it totally, it’s very far from the truth. We respect Holland, just like we respect Croatia and all our opponents,” Scaloni said again.
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Argentina-Holland: “Messi insulted Weghorst much more before the interview”, says the journalist who conducted the interview
The scene marked this World Cup. Asked by the Argentinian newspaper Olé, Esteban Edul, journalist for TyC Sports and author of this interview, told behind the scenes of this altercation.
“After the game, they all argued in the dressing room, and not just Messi. Van Dijk fell out with Otamendi. It was like a Lanus-Banfield or a Newell’s-Central, but it had more mouth because they were world stars, describes Edul. Messi’s anger was mainly about the penalty shootout when the dutch tried to hinder the argentinians. 19 (Weghorst) was waiting in the tunnel, he approaches Messi and asks him for his shirt. That’s where Leo started warming up, the dutch player didn’t understand, he stopped and Messi insulted him, he insulted him much more before the start of the interview, when he was a little calmer. Leo did not calculate me at any time during the interview. the interview. He was so hot that he did not look at me and did not listened to my questions I asked him about his amazing pass to Molina and he told me about van Gaal, Fifa… I couldn’t question Hi M. we were in the air I told him: ‘Shut up Leo’ , because there va r a lot of people from FIFA and you never know what can happen.”
Turpin and Frappart rejected from the WC, retained the Anglo-French referee
The FIFA Referees Committee has decided which referees will continue their adventures during this World Cup in Qatar. Logically, French referees Clément Turpin and Stéphanie Frappart are dismissed due to the Blues’ run. It is the same for the Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz, who is at the head of the boiling quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands.
On the other hand, the controversial referee in England-France, the Brazilian Wilton Sampaio, is well among those retained. We should know the name of the central referee for the semi-final between France and Morocco on Monday. The one from the other semi-final, Argentina-Croatia, has already been revealed: it is the Italian Daniele Orsato.
Harit arrived in Doha and appears with Saïss
OM player Amine Harit arrived in Qatar to support the Moroccan team, which will challenge France in the semi-finals of the World Cup on Wednesday. Affected by the ligaments in his left knee on 13 November against Monaco (2-3 win), he had seen his dream of participating in the World Cup with the Atlas Lions go up in smoke.
On an Instagram post by Moroccan captain Romain Saïss, we see Harit with his teammate. “My brother at last among us. This adventure is yours too, we will not forget your blood”.
“The best team of the evening is out”, teases Bellingham after the defeat against France
Jude Bellingham (19) cannot digest the elimination of England against France (2-1) in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Like Belgian players after half of 2018, he believes that “the best team has come out”.
“This one will be painful for a very long time,” launched the midfielder. The best team of the night came out, sometimes it’s football. Anyway, I’m so proud of the effort, the fight and the performances of my teammates throughout the tournament. Thanks also to the fans for the love and support over the past few weeks, stay with us during this difficult time as we use this experience to continue to grow as a team for future tournaments. Keep the faith, our time will come.”
Another journalist’s death during the World Cup
Another journalist died while covering the World Cup in Qatar. Qatari photographer Khalid al-Misslam died “suddenly” over the weekend, the Gulf Times reports, explaining that the circumstances of his death have yet to be determined. His death comes a few hours after the death of American journalist Grant Wahl (48), which took place on Friday during the quarter-final between Argentina and the Netherlands. The latter had explained at the start of the World Cup that he had been briefly detained by the security services for wearing a rainbow t-shirt.
The program for the semi-finals
Tuesday 13 December 2022
20.00: Argentina – Croatia (TF1, beIN Sports)
Wednesday 14 December 2022
20.00: France – Morocco (TF1, beIN Sports)
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