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01.06.2008/According to UCI President Pat McQuaid Footballer players and athletes from swimming, tennis and track and field (and not only cyclists) are all involved in the Spanish doping probe centring on doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

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UCI President Patrick McQuaid. ( Heinz Zwicky)

McQuaid told German TV station ARD. In a report of the popular German TV show 'ARD-Sportschau' to be broadcast later Sunday, McQuaid said hat he was told in a 2006 meeting with Spanish sports minister Jaime Lissavetzky and Spanish investigators that the 200 athletes linked with illegal practices were not all cyclists.

According to the UCI president only between 50 and 60 were cyclists were involved, while other athletes in alleged contact with Fuentes were football (European soccer) players, athletics, swimming and tennis.

The German TV station also reported that ARD was told by Europe's football body UEFA that Spanish authorities told UEFA that no footballers were implicated.

There has been speculation about other sports and athletes apart from cycling in the doping scandal which broke out in May 2006 after Spanish police arrested Eufemiano Fuentes and several others. Spanish police raided several building on the same day and found performance enhancing drugs and several refrigerators with bloodbags in it. French daily newspaper 'Le Monde' reported in a story published in 2006 that Spanish Football clubs FC Barcelona and Real madrid were involved as well. Last year Le Monde lost a court case about the report but the French newspaper have appealed against the decision. Spanish authorities never officially mentioned other sports. .

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