'Doping is fine, if it is for recovery' - Schuster

The German coach feels the administration of stimulants in order to assist the regeneration process of players after an injury is acceptable
Malaga boss Bernd Schuster says doping should be allowed as long as it is used for recovery purposes as opposed to enhancing the performance of players.

This month, the German media reported about three finals in which German players allegedly took illegal substances.

One the games mentioned was the 1954 World Cup final in Bern, often refered to as "the miracle of Bern" which die Mannschaft won 3-2 against the strongly favoured Hungarian team.

Schuster, however, believes there are different kinds of purposes for doping, saying if it is used for regenerative measures, it is absolutely fine.

"As long as it's for recovery purposes, I have no problems with it," the 53-year-old told Sport Bild.

"If a player can reach his full fitness level two to three weeks faster, then it makes sense.

"It's not about players being brought up to 120, 150 or even 180 per cent. It shouldn't be performance enhancing.

"It's about getting players to their usual level as soon as possible."

Schuster also insisted that during his active time, he was always given "something" by the medical staff, but he never questioned what kind of substances they were.

"Doping wasn't an issue during my active time, as it didn't exist as we know it today.

"We all took something, but no stimulants in the classical sense. The doctors always gave us something, however.

"We never questioned what they gave us, as it wasn't about getting us to run over the pitch with 200%, but rather to conquer minor injuries or illnesses.

"Whenever I used to have a thick ankle, the swelling was kneaded away with a staff. The tears literally bursted out of every pore of my body.

"Nowadays, the lads can recover from a torn muscle fibre within a week. It's great how much has positively changed in that regard."