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Fiorentina's Mutu gets nine-month ban

  • AFP, Monday, April 19, 2010 12:36 PM

Fiorentina forward Adrian Mutu has been banned for nine months by the Italian Olympic Committee's (Coni) anti-doping tribunal for failing two drug tests. The Romanian national team player twice tested positive for the banned stimulant sibutramine in January following matches against Bari and Lazio. Mutu's lawyer Paolo Rodella said the sentence was "excessive for a laxative." In 2004 while with Chelsea, Mutu was banned for seven months after testing positive for cocaine.

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