Juventus ace fails drugs test

Cannavaro took an anti-allergy medicine that contained the banned substance cortisone.

The Juventus defender is due to be interviewed by the Italian Olympic Committee’s (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor Etorre Torri on Friday morning in Turin.

“After an Italian player made a request for an exemption for therapeutic reasons for medicine given in an emergency, CONI’s Therapeutic Exemption Committee requested via registered letter that the Emergency Room doctor’s certificate be added to the documentation sent,” CONI explained on their official website.

“In the meantime, the athlete was subjected to an anti-doping test and the result was positive.”

“With regards to the news of the launch of an investigation by the Procura Antidoping (CONI) involving player Fabio Cannavaro, the medical division of Juventus state that they acted within the sanitary prescriptions and the deontological rules, intervening in an urgent manner – last August – following the worsening of the clinical condition following the sting by an insect,” read a statement on Juve’s official website.

“On that occasion a medical remedy which was indispensable in order to prevent eventual complications, even lethal ones, was used.

“The player and the medical staff of Juventus will be at the disposal of the Procura to clarify this issue as soon as possible, as well as eventual documentation.”