Michel D'Hooghe said Russia 2018 samples would be tested in Lausanne ©Getty Images

For the second World Cup running, FIFA is planning to test anti-doping samples at a laboratory outside the host country.

Michel D'Hooghe, chairman of FIFA's Medical Committee, told insidethegames that he was expecting that samples collected from World Cup players would once again be analysed at a laboratory in the Olympic capital of Lausanne.

A meeting next week is expected to confirm this decision.

In 2014, when the World Cup was in Brazil, the football governing body had been obliged to devise a similar plan because the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revoked the accreditation of the so-called Ladetec laboratory in Rio de Janeiro.

The logistical complexities of transporting packages rapidly across the Atlantic left FIFA facing an extra bill for the exercise of around $250,000 (£175,000/€200,000).

This time, with the logistics somewhat less daunting, D'Hooghe thinks the bill should be somewhat less.

"But it will be what it will be," he said.

"I want completely transparent and clear doping control."

Russia is preparing for this year's World Cup, which will open on June 14 ©Getty Images
Russia is preparing for this year's World Cup, which will open on June 14 ©Getty Images

WADA revoked the accreditation of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory following revelations of the Russian doping scheme that have dominated the Olympic news agenda for two years.

Russian President Vladimir Putin last month signed anti-doping laws aimed at establishing a laboratory at the Moscow Lomonosov State University.

It was reported at this time that the original Moscow laboratory remains closed off.

The doping scandal led eventually to the International Olympic Committee ruling that Russia would participate as neutrals, under the label "Olympic Athletes from Russia", at this month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

D'Hooghe said he was expecting that, once again, every player involved in the World Cup would provide samples.

At Brazil 2014, there were 1,033 controls in total, he said.

FIFA doctors would conduct the controls.

He also disclosed that a meeting with the 32 team doctors had been scheduled for Sochi towards the end of this month.

Physicians are expected to be asked to sign a charter asking for their collaboration in a doping-free World Cup.