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banner Wednesday, 28 November, 2001, 15:03 GMT
Guardiola fails second test
Brescia midfielder Josep Guardiola
Guardiola moved from Barcelona in September
Brescia midfielder Josep Guardiola has tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone, for the second time.

The former Barcelona player initially failed a routine test after the league match with Piacenza on 21 October, and was subesquently suspended pending a disciplinary hearing.

Now, a further test has revealed another positive result following the match against Lazio on 4 November.

Guardiola, nicknamed 'Pep', joined the Italian first division club from Barcelona in September this year.

Other star names in European football have also failed drug tests this season.

Davids ban reduced

Lazio's Dutch international defender Jaap Stam tested positive for nandrolone and has been suspended pending a second test.

Barcelona's Dutch international Frank De Boer had his one-year suspension reduced in July.

He claimed he had taken the drug unknowingly and that it could have been contained in a supplement supplied by club doctors.

De Boer's compatriot Edgar Davids returned a positive test but his ban was later reduced after it was revealed that a cold remedy he took could have contained nandrolone.

See also:

20 Nov 01 |  Football
Stam to launch appeal
17 Nov 01 |  Football
Stam suspension upheld
26 Jul 00 |  Athletics
The negative side of testing
22 Nov 01 |  Europe
Guardiola fails drugs test
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