ITALIAN AUTHORITIES REDUCE DRUG BANS
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
All six players who have tested positive for nandrolone this year had their initial five-month bans reduced by one month, which allows four of them to begin playing again.
The most high profile of the offenders was Dutch international Edgar Davids, who will now return to action for Juventus on September 23.
Davids had tested positive for nandrolone in March following league game with Udinese and he has been banned from playing since May.
Turin magistrate Raffaele Aiello revealed that Davids was the only one of the defendants that put forward an excuse cause for his positive result.
"Davids is the only footballer who gave us a possible cause of his positive test," said Aiello. "All the others merely said that they had eaten wild boar meat."
Lazio's Portuguese international Fernando Couto was banned for 10 games for his positive test, but he can now return to action immediately as had already served his ban.
Piacenza duo Nicola Caccia and Stefano Sacchetti, and Bari's Jean Francois Gillet can also resume playing as, like Couto, they have all served their suspensions.
Parma's Stefano Torrisi also had his ban reduced, but as he did not start serving this until June, he is unable to play until October.