FIFA alarmed over "abuse" of painkillers

  • FIFA’s chief medical officer has expressed his alarm over the "abuse" of painkillers, saying it could put the careers and long-term health of international soccer players in jeopardy.

    Jiri Dvorak found that nearly 40 percent of players at the 2010 World Cup were taking pain medication prior to every game.

    FIFA’s medical team had asked team doctors to provide a list of medications that players were taking ahead of each game during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

    Previous surveys have established that many players use large quantities of pain killing and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

    The results from South Africa showed some players were taking three types of medication before every game.