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Cannavaro Investigated for Doping

  • AP, Friday, October 9, 2009 3:45 PM
Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has tested positive for a banned substance. Ettore Torri, the anti-doping prosecutor for the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), has opened an investigation into the case.

Cannavaro's club, Juventus, claims that the failure resulted from a cortisone injection that the defender received Aug. 29 to prevent an allergic reaction, the ANSA news agency reported, quoting the Italian football federation. The federation said the national team's medical staff was also informed of the injection, and that a certificate had been sent to CONI.

Torri will likely want to determine if Cannavaro had a certificate approving use of the substance. The hearing with Cannavaro could come as early as Friday. In a statement, Juventus said it followed all medical rules, adding that the treatment was "indispensable to avoid eventual complications, even lethal."

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