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Angry Cannavaro cleared of doping

Fabio Cannavaro
Cannavaro is Italy's most-capped player and led them at the 2006 World Cup

Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro has criticised the media after he was cleared of doping by the Italian Olympic Committee (Coni).

The Italy skipper, 36, took a medicine containing banned substance cortisone after a wasp sting on 28 August and failed a dope test two days later.

But the case was dropped at the request of Coni's anti-doping prosecutor.

"You get stung by a bee and then find yourself in the newspaper as if you had been doping," said a furious Cannavaro.

"Some newspapers and television channels went too far.

"It's the second time in my life that I've found myself gratuitously in the newspapers for a story like this.

"I hope this story does not follow me beyond today. My career has always been distinguished by respect for the rules."

On the eve of Parma's 3-0 1999 Uefa Cup final victory over Olympique Marseille, Cannavaro was videoed inserting a drip into his arm.

His lawyer confirmed the drip contained Neoton, a drug used in cardiac surgery to protect the heart, and was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's list of banned substances.

CONI anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Torri asked for the case to be dropped last week, saying that Cannavaro had not committed a doping offence.

Torri has a reputation for being uncompromising in the battle against doping, having charged sports personalities in the past even when they argued that their positive tests were the result of accidents.

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Cannavaro, who had requested an exemption after being treated for the sting but did not receive the documentation before he was tested, added on Juventus' website: "I didn't have any doubt [about the outcome].

"I am sorry that a matter of this kind stirred up such a fuss.

"My personal history and my career show my respect towards sports and the ethical principles which support it."

Cannavaro, who was suspended for Italy's 2-2 draw in Ireland on Saturday, which guaranteed their place at the World Cup finals in South Africa next year, is preparing to play in Wednesday's home game with Cyprus.

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08 Oct 09 |  Europe
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19 May 09 |  Europe
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18 Dec 06 |  Europe
Zidane off as Italy win World Cup
09 Jul 06 |  World Cup 2006

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