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Last Updated: Sunday, 20 June, 2004, 14:08 GMT 15:08 UK
Olic fails drugs test
Croatia striker Ivica Olic
Olic has appeared in both of Croatia's Euro 2004 games
Croatia striker Ivica Olic has tested positive for a banned substance at Euro 2004 but is able to continue playing.

Olic, 24, tested for the pain-killing substance methylpresnisolone after the 2-2 draw with France on 17 June, when he was used as a late substitute.

But Uefa's control and disciplinary body ruled the player was not at fault and can play against England on Monday.

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has been fined 4,335 for not following the correct anti-doping procedures.

This is simply a case of the correct people not being informed
A Uefa spokesman

Olic suffered a rib injury during a Euro 2004 warm-up game against Denmark on 5 June and was given a pain-killer which contained methylpresnisolone.

HNS doctor Zoran Bahtijarevic - responsible for anti-doping matters - has received an official warning from Uefa and Boris Nemec, who treated Olic, a reprimand.

Uefa ruled that the two doctors failed to complete and submit the necessary Therapeutic Use Exemption form (TUE) which would have been deemed acceptable.

"Methylpresnisolone is a pain blocker - this is simply a case of the correct people not being informed," said a Uefa spokesman.

"We would have accepted it if we'd been informed - unfortunately we weren't because something went wrong with the administration and there was a mix-up between the Croatian doctor and the doctor treating the player.

"It was the doctor's duty to inform the Croatian FA doctor - and that's why they've been fined and warned rather than the player."

HNS has three days to appeal against the fine.

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Croatia 2-2 France
17 Jun 04  |  Euro 2004


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