Cannavaro could be cleared
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor wants Fabio Cannavaro cleared of any wrongdoing.
Last Updated: 10/10/09 6:31pm
The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor wants Fabio Cannavaro to be cleared of any wrongdoing.
The Juventus and Italy centre-half faces punishment after testing positive for the banned substance cortisone.
The veteran defender took the medicine to treat a bee sting he picked up in training on 28th August.
He then failed a dope test two days later after turning out for Juve in their Serie A clash with Roma.
The 36-year-old had requested an exemption after being treated for the sting, but failed to get the relevant documentation processed in time.
Cannavaro could face a lengthy suspension should he be found guilty of drug abuse, but will be delighted to have received the full support of the anti-doping committee.
Prosecutor Ettore Torri, who has taken an uncompromising approach to similar breaches of the rules in the past, feels the Italy international should not receive any sanction and claims the issue should be laid to rest.
"The prosecutor asks for the Cannavaro case to be dropped," read a statement from the prosecutor's office.
"We can exclude (the possibility) that Cannavaro is responsible.
"This office reserves the right to make further judgements in the future over other parties...which were responsible."
Meanwhile, Juventus have confirmed that midfielder Claudio Marchisio is facing up to a month on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery.
The 23-year-old went under the knife on Saturday in order to cure an ailment sustained during last weekend's 2-0 victory over Palermo.