NEWS
Tuesday April 13 2021
Gasperini risks three-week suspension

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini could miss the Coppa Italia Final after ‘insulting an anti-doping inspector during a surprise visit’.

The anti-doping prosecutor Pierfilippo Laviani has, according to news agency ANSA, charged the Orobici coach and asked for 20 days of disqualification.

The report clarifies that the Atalanta coach ‘insulted an inspector during a surprise check and railed against the entire anti-doping system, interrupting an ongoing test on an Atalanta player and forcing the player to go to train’.

The Nado Italia inspector came to Zingonia for an ‘out of competition’ doping control on February 7, and surprised four players with a drugs test.

The athletes tested negative but Gasperini’s behaviour prompted the prosecutor to charge him for the violation of the anti-doping code.

The report claims Gasperini could even face up to six months disqualification, if he has violated the article 3, paragraph 3 of the anti-doping code.

The tactician didn’t accept the plea bargain and asked for a hearing scheduled for May 10 in front of the national anti-doping court.

If Gasperini is suspended for 20 days, he will miss the Coppa Italia Final on May 19 this year, when La Dea are scheduled to play Juventus at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.