Cagliari’s Joao Pe­dro gets six-month dop­ing ban

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ROME: Cagliari for­ward Joao Pe­dro was banned for six months by Italy’s na­tional anti- dop­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion NADO for fail­ing two dop­ing tests.

Pros­e­cu­tors had re­quested a four-year sus­pen­sion af­ter the Brazil­ian tested pos­i­tive for the di­uretic hy­drochloroth­iazide fol­low­ing two Serie A games against Sas­suolo and Chievo in Fe­bru­ary.

The 26-year- old, who in­sisted he un­wit­tingly con­sumed con­tam­i­nated food sup­ple­ments, will be free to re­turn for the Sar­dinian club on Sept 16 with most of the ban be­ing served over the close-sea­son.

“This sen­tence for me is like a re­birth af­ter the four-year re­quest the pros­e­cu­tor made,” said Pe­dro.

“They be­lieved that there was no bad faith on my part, for me this is al­ready a vic­tory.”

Pe­dro be­comes the sec­ond Serie A player this sea­son to be banned.

Ben­evento cap­tain Fabio Lu­cioni was sus­pended for a year in Jan­uary af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for the steroid closte­bol af­ter his side lost 1- 0 to Torino in Septem­ber.

Ben­evento team doc­tor Wal­ter Gior­gione was banned for four years for ad­min­is­ter­ing the steroid to Lu­cioni in a spray. — AFP

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