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Del Bosque: Doping in football is a subject I prefer to ignore

The World Cup winning boss reckons he’ll never see evidence of drugs in soccer.


SPANISH COACH Vicente Del Bosque says he has not seen any evidence of doping in football and does not believe he ever will.

Del Bosque’s comments come after former Real Sociedad president Inaki Badiola claimed that the club paid for banned substances, prior to his tenure, between 2001 and 2007.

“I have not seen (doping) before, and don’t think I will see it,” Del Bosque told reporters. “My eyes have never seen it. It is a subject that I prefer to ignore.”

Sociedad have denied involvement in doping. Del Bosque also spoke about Carles Puyol, who is set to win his 100th cap against Uruguay when Spain meet the South American side on Wednesday.

“I’m happy for him,” the Spain coach said. “He is an example on and off the field forever.”

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