The Football Association of Ireland has contacted FIFA and UEFA, to ensure that Damien Duff does not inadvertently break any drug rules in football.
Damien Duff – has allergy problems
The Republic of Ireland winger is in need of special medication to combat allergy problems he has with pollen, and thankfully the Football Association of Ireland has moved quickly in an attempt to ensure he does not fail any drug tests, because of it.
The FAI may have to give Duff, what would in other circumstances, would be banned substances.
Duff was ruled out of Irelandâ€™s May friendly with Colombia this summer, after a severe attack of sinusitis and the Irish medical staff could not treat the problem effectively.
That was of course without breaking footballâ€™s list of banned substances, so the decision was taken not to play Duff in that game at all.
However, with key World Cup qualifiers coming up, the Ireland assistant manager Liam Brady says action has been taken to ensure there is no repeat of that situation.
Brady explained yesterday at a press conference also attended by Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni:
â€œDamien has allergy problems and there are only certain things that he can take that are permitted by UEFA and FIFAâ€
â€œBefore the match against Colombia, he came down very badly with a type of sinusitis and was very weak.”
“He woke up with it the day before [the] game and he was really struggling.”
“What we want to do is make sure that if that problem arises again we can give him the proscribed medicine without any problems.â€
We’re surprised this situation hasn’t come up earlier than now, and it will presumably be a situation that Newcastle United may also have to face, and presumably may have already had to face.
The FAI has done exactly the right thing to get this straightened out before it makes big headlines in the gossip papers.Â Â Good job as far as we are concerned.