Serie B leaders Sassuolo received a blow with news one of their players, Leonardo Pavoletti, failed a doping test.
The CONI (Italian Olympic Committee) has confirmed that Pavoletti tested positive for Tuaminoheptane during a December 26 match against Livorno.
The substance is a nasal decongestant, sympathomimetic stimulant and vasoconstrictor.
Tuaminoheptane, also known as Tuamine, is on the list of banned substances set by WADA.
Pavoletti is a 24-year-old striker who has scored seven goals in 21 Serie B games for Sassuolo this season.
Sassuolo have already announced an emergency appeal, explaining “the banned substance was in a nasal spray that was regularly logged with the chief medic and the anti-doping agency.”