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Tuesday September 25 2018
Rossi: 'I've always been clean'

Giuseppe Rossi insists he has “always been clean” and his failed doping test is due to accidentally administering a banned substance.

The striker tested positive for dorzolamide, an anti-glaucoma substance usually found in eye drops, but which has been used as a masking agent to cover other drugs.

This test was taken after Genoa’s game with Benevento on May 12, but the player is now a free agent.

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Tuesday September 25 2018
Genoa: 'Rossi uniquely honest'

Genoa director general Giorgio Perinetti assured Giuseppe Rossi “is a player of unique honesty” and the failed doping test must be a misunderstanding.

The Italy international tested positive for dorzolamide after Benevento-Genoa in May.

He is currently without a club and has been interviewed twice by investigators, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday May 16 2018
Joao Pedro given six-month ban

Cagliari forward Joao Pedro has been given a six-month ban after failing two doping tests, meaning he’ll be available in September.

The Disciplinary Commission had requested a four-year ban, but today’s hearing opted for just six months.

Practically all of that will be over the summer, when there are no competitive games for the Sardinians anyway.

Joao Pedro failed two tests for a banned diuretic in February and had been suspended temporarily for three months awaiting the hearing.

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Tuesday April 24 2018
Joao Pedro risks four-year ban

Cagliari forward Joao Pedro could face a four-year ban and his case will be decided by the tribunal on May 16.

The Brazilian tested positive for banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide following the 0-0 draw with Sassuolo on February 11 and then again after the Chievo match on February 17.

According to the latest reports, the prosecutor has requested a four-year ban.

The 26-year-old had scored seven goals with one assist in 24 competitive games for Cagliari this season.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
Benevento appeal Lucioni ban

Benevento President Oreste Vigorito vented his frustration at a one-year doping ban for captain Fabio Lucioni after their doctor confessed to his error.

Lucioni tested positive for Clostebol after the match with Torino on September 10.

Today the verdict was passed down and he’ll sit out a one-year ban, while their chief medic Walter Giorgione has been suspended for four years.

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Tuesday January 16 2018
Doping ban for Benevento captain

Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni has been given a one-year ban after failing a doping test and the club medic suspended for four years.

Lucioni tested positive for Clostebol after the game against Torino on September 10.

He was suspended as a precaution during the appeal process and resumed playing on December 23.

The verdict is now in and Lucioni is banned for one year.

Chief medic Walter Giorgione has been suspended for four years, as it’s believed he accidentally gave the player a banned substance.

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Wednesday October 11 2017
Benevento explain Lucioni doping

Benevento’s chief medic confirmed he administered a banned substance to captain Fabio Lucioni, which caused him to fail a doping test.

The Anti-Doping Commission continued its investigation and today medic Walter Giorgione gave his testimony.

Giorgione confessed to administering the spray that was meant to help a cut to heal more quickly, which contained the banned substance Clostabol.

He made clear that the spray was in his personal collection and was therefore not logged with the Benevento staff.

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Saturday October 7 2017
Police raid Benevento HQ

Police raided the Benevento HQ and training centre as part of an investigation after captain Fabio Lucioni failed a doping test.

The defender insists he took no banned substances and the club has backed him, so it’s possible he was accidentally given something by their medical staff.

According to ItaSportPress, the Carabinieri officers raided the Benevento HQ, their training centre and the Stadio Vigorito.

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Tuesday May 3 2016
Cesena player gets doping ban

Cesena’s Nicola Dalmonte has been handed a precautionary suspension after failing a doping test.

The 18-year-old has scored once in his four Serie B appearances for the Cavallucci Marini, but will now be suspended pending re-testing and any appeal.

“The athlete Nicola Dalmonte tested positive for metabolic Clostebol at the end of the Pescara-Cesena match in Serie B on April 15, 2016,” CONI, the Italian Olympic association which runs the Tribunale Nazionale Antidoping [TNA], announced on its official website.

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Friday April 8 2016
Ibrahimovic doping claims retracted

The Swedish athletics chief who implied Zlatan Ibrahimovic was doped at Juventus has apologised for his “inopportune” comments.

Ulf Karlsson had suggested there was “a culture of doping” at Juventus in the early 2000s in an interview with SportBladet, believing "he doped."

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