Football's world governing body Fifa says it has been speaking to Dr Richard McLaren as part of an investigation into alleged doping. McLaren produced a report SBOBET which detailed a Russian state-sponsored doping programme involving more than 1,000 athletes across some 30 sports. He listed 33 footballers in his report, prompting Fifa to launch its inquiry. Fifa told BBC Sport it has been in touch with McLaren at "several stages" of the investigation. Canadian law professor and sports lawyer McLaren was commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to probe the allegations of Russian state-sponsored doping and subsequently produced his damning report in 2016. "In this process, Fifa works in close collaboration with Wada and SBOBET has been in contact with Professor McLaren exploring every possible avenue," added a spokesperson for world football's governing body. Wada said it "supports and engages with all anti-doping organisations on an ongoing basis". A recent Mail on Sunday report said Fifa wanted to speak to whistleblower Dr Grigory Rodchenkov, a director of the anti-doping laboratory at the Sochi Winter Olympics in SBOBET 2014, whose allegations led to Wada and McLaren investigating. Russian authorities have attempted to discredit Rodchenkov, who has been in hiding since making the allegations. Earlier this month one Russian Olympic official reportedly suggested the whistleblower should be "shot for lying".
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