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BBC Sport's Adrian Hobart
"Davids is the highest profile player to have been caught up in the spate of positive nandrolone tests"
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Tuesday, 28 August, 2001, 22:04 GMT 23:04 UK
Davids gets five-month ban
Michael Owen battles with Edgar Davids
Davids (right) played against England earlier this month
Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids has been banned for five months after testing positive for nandrolone.

The Italian football federation upheld the player's original ban and also fined him 32,000.

The Juventus player had been stopped from playing competitive matches since May, so he will be eligible to return to action on 17 October.

He had been included in Holland's squad for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, but will now not be able to play.

This is a fantastic result by Italian standards because they are usually much stricter than this.
Robert Geerlings, Davids' lawyer
Davids tested positive for the banned steroid following a Serie A match between Juventus and Udinese in March.

Davids will miss out on all his country's remaining World Cup qualifiers but he should be cleared to resume Serie A duty for Juve against Bologna on 21 October.

Davids' lawyer Robert Geerlings says the player will be appealing to Italy's sporting court against the ban.

He added: "This is a fantastic result by Italian standards because they are usually much stricter than this.

"But Edgar is also very disappointed for missing the Ireland match he was hoping for."

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy refused to be drawn into the controversy.

"I want to keep my feelings about this entire scenario close to my chest," he said.

"There are rules, regulations and appeals and I have nothing more to say on the matter regarding Davids.

"When Portugal played in Dublin two months ago certain statements I made about one of their players on a similar allegation were totally blown out of proportion."

Stefano Torrisi
Torrisi has not played since June
Italian Olympic Committee prosecutors had previously recommended an eight-month suspension for Davids.

Prosecutors had also asked for a 200m lire (65,000) fine and six months of random anti-doping tests.

Davids has always denied any wrongdoing and suggested that dietary supplements or homeopathic medicines might explain the high nandrolone levels.

Parma defender Stefano Torrisi was also banned for five months at the hearing. He will return to action in November.

Nine Serie A players, including Lazio's Fernando Couto, tested positive for nandrolone last season.

Couto was given a 10-month ban in July.

See also:

03 Aug 01 |  Europe
Davids set for eight-month ban
28 Aug 01 |  Europe
De Boer takes on Uefa
20 Jul 01 |  Europe
Couto banned for 10 months
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