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Tuesday 01, Oct 2013

  Former Juventus Striker Hurt Over Doping Allegations

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Former Juventus Striker Hurt Over Doping Allegations

Fabrizio Ravanelli, former Italy and Juventus striker, has remarked that he is extremely upset and hurt with allegations that he is using doping at Ajaccio. The ex-Juventus star also dismissed cocaine claims as unfounded.

According to reports in French media, Ravanelli who took over as coach of the Ligue 1 club is providing banned supplements to this players. The reports also linked the claims to suspicions that the Italian used illegal drug cocaine while at Olympique de Marseille. The coach is however vehemently denying all allegations and remarked that his image is being tarnished by these allegations that are without evidence. Ravanelli added that he believes in playing clean football and there was only player who had problems with cocaine during his time at Marseille and he wasn’t that person. He went on to add that these allegations hurt him as he is someone who would hold his head up as he never failed thousands of checks and nothing has been found against him.

Affectionately known as the ‘White Feather”, the striker spent the 1996-97 season dazzling Premier League crowds and mesmerizing Boro fans. Ravanelli scored 22 goals in just 40 appearances for Boro and scored a hat trick on his Middlesbrough debut against Liverpool. Fabrizio Ravanelli won five titles with Juventus, which included a Serie A championship in 1995 and a Champions League title in 1996. One of the top goal scorers of Europe in the mid-1990s, Ravanelli scored all five goals in a 5-1 win for Juventus against CSKA Sofia. The moved to Olympique de Marseille after the relegation of Middlesbrough and Marseille finished one point behind Girondins de Bordeaux in the French Division 1 (1998-99 season).

Ravanelli also heaped praise on Giovanissimi Regionali side after their excellent 3-2 victory over Barcelona helped in securing the prestigious Internacional Infantil title in Spain. Ravanelli said he believes the impeccable attitude of Giovanissimi was the secret behind their tournament success. He added we have won an important tournament, a type of Champions League for lads of this age and it’s a deserved victory and a great source of pride for us and the entire Juventus setup. He also remarked that we faced every game with commitment, determination, character, and personality.

In another development, Malaga boss Bernd Schuster has surprised everyone by saying that doping should be permitted as long as its purpose is recovery and not enhancing performance of players. Schuster said he believes doping is absolutely fine if used for regenerative measures. Schuster insisted that he was always given “something” by the medical staff during his active time but he never questioned what type of substances they were as it wasn’t about getting us to run over the pitch with 200 percent, but rather to conquer minor injuries or illnesses. He added doping wasn’t an issue during his active time it makes sense if doping allows a player to reach his full fitness level two to three weeks faster and said he has no problems with doping as long as it is for recovery purposes.

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Sunday 07, Jul 2013

  UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

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UEFA Gets Tough On Doping

Players will undergo blood tests next season as part of the new anti-doping regimen of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, in all competitions run by European soccer’s governing body.

Till now, UEFA has only conducted blood tests at international tournaments-Euro 2008 and 2012 but the detection regime is to be extended to the Champions League and Europa League from this month. Players may now be asked at doping controls to give urine samples, blood samples, or both, and checks will be made in and out of competition. On its website, UEFA said out-of-competition checks would only be carried out if players or teams had not informed testers where they would be when required to be tested.

The new rules follow a UEFA anti-doping panel meeting that was held late last year. Chairman Dr Jacques Lienard said at the meeting that we cannot say that football is free of doping and it is important UEFA remains vigilant in its fight against doping and all products that are associated with doping.

UEFA anti-doping assistant Richard Grisdale said if you make a mistake or don’t know the rules and you test positive, you will be banned–you will suffer, your team can suffer. Grisdale added that doping was cheating the team you’re playing against and cheating your teammates and went on to add that you are responsible for everything in your body and if you test positive, you cannot blame somebody else. The UEFA anti-doping assistant added you need to take responsibility for the medicines you take, any supplements, what you eat, what you drink.

In another development, UEFA made an announcement that there were no positive doping tests in last season’s Champions League and Europa League after 1374 doping controls were carried out in Europe’s major club competitions in 2012/13. In the Champions League, UEFA conducts both in and out-of-competition doping controls. A total of 813 samples were collected from players during 2012-13, with over 67 percent of the samples analyzed for EPO.

The Union of European Football Associations in collaboration with the WADA-accredited laboratory in Lausanne is also launching a study to analyze the steroid profiles of almost 900 players who have been tested at least three times in UEFA competitions since 2008. The goal of this study is to identify the potential prevalence of steroid use across European football by using data from previous doping controls. This study will be anonymous and its findings will not result in any player incurring an anti-doping rule violation.

The European soccer’s governing body recently warned the young players at the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship of the dangers of match-fixing and urged them to stay clear of this scourge on the game. UEFA intelligence officer Graham Peaker said UEFA has a zero tolerance policy on match-fixing and this means that if we identify anybody that has been involved – a player, a referee or a club – they will be kicked out of the game and they will get a red card from football. Peaker added the UEFA had set up a betting fraud detection system in which approximately 30,000 domestic league and cup matches and UEFA matches throughout Europe are monitored for irregular betting patterns each year.

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Thursday 04, Oct 2012

  Abdur Rehman Receives Ban Of Twelve Weeks

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Abdur Rehman Receives Ban Of Twelve Weeks

Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman has been banned for a period of twelve weeks by the England and Wales Cricket Board after he tested positive for cannabis while at Somerset.

The 32-year-old spinner failed a drug test following day two of their County Championship game with Nottinghamshire on 8 August. The ban imposed on Rehman runs until 21 December, meaning he will not be able to play for Sialkot in the Champions League Twenty20. The spinner from Pakistan took 27 wickets in four Championship games for Somerset – including a career-best 9-65 against Worcestershire. Rehman was left out of the ICC World Twenty20 campaign of Pakistan but still remains a member of their Test and one-day squads.

Somerset’s chief executive Guy Lavender said the county fully supports the action taken by the ECB and added that the club doesn’t condone the use of illegal drugs and all Somerset players are made fully aware of this policy on a regular basis.

In 17 tests for his country, he has taken 81 wickets, including 19 in their 3-0 series victory over England last winter. Rehman denied the allegations of taking prohibited drugs before the ban was imposed on him but later rendered an apology to his family, the PCB [Pakistan Cricket Board], the ECB, Somerset, the teammates and his fans. Rehman said it was an error of judgment on his behalf that cost him dearly and he expects to be selected for India series should the PCB see it fit for him to be selected.

Abdur Rehman produced the best bowling performance of his career when he recently claimed nine Worcestershire wickets on the first day at Taunton during the County Championship Division One. The Punjab orthodox spinner was withdrawn by the Pakistan Cricket Board from the Champions League, where he was due to represent national Twenty20 champions Sialkot Stallions. He made his international debut for Pakistan in December 2006, with a One day International against West Indies, at Faisalabad. As a result of the ban, Rehman could miss Pakistan’s tour of South Africa, early next year. His moment of rise to fame was in 1999 when he grabbed a five-for and a six-wicket haul in successive matches while representing Pakistan Under-19 against South Africa. Rehman ended up as the highest wicket-taker in the Pentangular Cup during the 2006-07 season, including an 11-wicket haul for champions Habib Bank Limited in the penultimate match of the season. The spinner reached the 50-wicket mark in only his 11th Test after being dropped for three years.

A PCB official said Rehman has now returned to Pakistan and the board would be taking his point of view soon after getting a detailed report from the ECB and added that the PCB, being a member of the ICC and signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency, will have to follow any penalties imposed by the ECB on Abdur Rehman.

Sri Lankan opener Upul Tharanga was banned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) last year for three months after failing a dope test in the 2011 World Cup.

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Sunday 21, Nov 2010

  Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky failed tests

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Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky failed testsThe Russian club and Uefa disclosed that Sergei Ignashevich and Alexei Berezutsky of the CSKA Moscow have been suspended from a Group B Champions League match against Besiktas over a doping offence.

The defenders had tested positive for a banned substance after the Champions League match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

CSKA will qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League if they fare better than German champions Wolfsburg, who play Manchester United in the other Group B match.