Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro's positive test for the banned substance cortisone
has been blamed on a bee sting.
reports actually describe the offending insect as a wasp, a bee and a hornet,
while the club themselves merely describe Cannavaro's
complaint as an "insect bite". So the cause of the complaint itself is... well, it's a bit of a hornet's nest.
36-year-old, who skippered the Azzurri to their 2006 World Cup triumph and won
the Ballon d'Or in the same, was
treated after suffering an allergic reaction on August 29, and Juve blame the subsequent positive test on a clerical error.
"On that occasion, it was necessary to administer
medication in order to prevent complications or even death," said a club
"The player and the Juventus medical staff will be in the courts in order
to clarify this matter, including any documentary errors, as soon as possible."
Juve say Cannavaro
requested an exemption on the grounds of having taken a medication in the case
of an emergency but his request was missing a document and while awaiting a
decision he was subjected to an anti-doping test, which returned a positive
is a corticosteroid most commonly used to reduce inflammation in tendons, bursa
and joints (yes, ED had to look that up).
will be interviewed bv the Italian Olympic Committee on Friday, and both he and
the club will have every chance to clear their name.
Sadly, Italian football's recent past
does not inspire confidence.
former Juventus doctor Roberto
Agricola was jailed for 22 months for administering banned substances to
players between 1994 and 1998.
years later Juve were relegated and stripped of two Serie A titles for their
part in a match-fixing scandal, with general director Luciano Moggi attempting
to select referees for matches.
and Moggi no longer have anything to do with the club.
This is not
the first drugs controversy in which Cannavaro has been involved.
In 2005, footage
was shown on an Italian documentary apparently showing him being injected with
the legal drug neoton.
was taken in a Moscow hotel ahead of the 1999
UEFA Cup final between Cannavaro's Parma and Marseille.
Neoton is a
creatine phosphate used to protect the heart in cardiac surgery. It is not on
the banned list, and there is no suggestion Cannavaro did anything wrong, but
the video certainly makes for uncomfortable viewing.
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Rio Ferdinand is to take part in a Hell's
Kitchen night with chef Marco Pierre White on November 26 in aid of his own Live the Dream
United defender said: "I enjoy cooking so to have the chance to see
someone as good as Marco close up will be brilliant. I can't wait."
It will be interesting to see how the odious, irritating, foul-mouthed,
preening, obnoxious, self-publicising bane of ED's
life gets on.
And apparently Rio's not a
bad cook either.
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All this litigation is getting a bit much. First Manchester United signed Paul Pogba from Lille, then Le Havre
disputed the validity of the signing, then United, then FIFA said they received
no complaint, then United said the signing had been ratified, then Le Havre said it was only
a provisional registration.
Pogba is already a household name without anyone ever having
seen him play. And, like 95 per cent of teenage prodigies, he will probably
turn out to be rubbish.
Given the amount of time, money and lawyers' fees that go into signing these youngsters - not
to mention the potential pitfalls, as Chelsea have discovered - ED is actually
starting to think Manchester City have got the right idea.
Wouldn't it just
be simpler and cheaper to return to the days where you saw a player who would
improve your team, then went out and bought him?
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QUOTE OF THE DAY:
Wayne Rooney won't be
reciprocating any winks should England
in the World Cup. Still, with any luck, they won't
qualify: "It would be nice to see Portugal
not there because the last two tournaments they've
knocked us out ... I've watched (Ronaldo's) first few games for Madrid and he seems to have improved again.
He's passing the ball a lot more as
QUOTE OF THE DAY 2: Roman Bednar opens his heart about the
abuse he received from Crystal
Palace players following
his return from a ban for drug possession: "Seven
players that day were saying things like, 'Hey,
drug dealer', and 'You're
the one with the drugs.' That was
really disappointing - particularly the captain, Shaun Derry, who was the
FOREIGN VIEW: "Cannavaro mess. It's
doping. And it isn't" -
Gazzetta dello Sport leads with a confused Mediterranean shrug of a headline.
COMING UP: Live scoring of England U21 v Macedonia U21,
Ireland U21 v Georgia U21, the U20 World Cup and two matches in League One.