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FIFA seeks crackdown on lying about ages
Updated: 2005-04-14 10:20

World soccer's governing body wants to crack down on youth-level players who lie about their age.

FIFA has made progress on a medical test to screen the age of teenage players, FIFA medical chief Michel D'Hooghe said Tuesday.

"We have been seeing that at our tournaments, especially the under-17 tournament, that there are countries that bring players who are clearly older but who have passports saying they are 16," D'Hooghe said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks reporters during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, April 5, 2005. Blatter announced a new soccer tournament, FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup, in which club champions of six continent and regions compete for the world's top championships in the tournament that opens in December in Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
FIFA President Sepp Blatter speaks to reporters during a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday, April 5, 2005.[AP/file]
"We already have proof that in the last tournaments some people participated who were in fact older than they claimed to be. For now though, there is nothing we can do with this information."

Experts are developing a system based on MRI technology to pinpoint players' ages before allowing them to compete in under-17 tournaments. FIFA already has experimented with the test on young players from different parts of the world.

D'Hooghe said results so far are "very encouraging" but not legally foolproof.

Further trials will take place during the Sep. 16-Oct. 2 FIFA U-17 world championships in Peru. It could take another year before FIFA introduces the tests officially, D'Hooghe said.

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