Monday, 27 July 2009

Mannini and Possanzini bans overturned

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has overturned the one-year bans handed out to Daniele Mannini and Davide Possanzini for arriving late to a doping test.

The CAS provisionally lifted the bans in March while the case was re-examined and the Lausanne-based court has now decided to revert to the already-served 15-day bans originally imposed by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

"The CAS confirms the initial decision of CONI: 15 days' ineligibility," read a statement.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) challenged the original sentence the duo were given for being late to doping control when playing for Serie B club Brescia in 2007 and had it increased at the CAS in January.

The heavier bans caused outrage in Italy and the country's football federation (FIGC) asked the CAS to reconsider, given that neither player had failed a drugs test.

Winger Mannini, now with Sampdoria, and striker Possanzini were ordered to attend a dressing-room meeting with Brescia President Luigi Corioni in December 2007 following the club's third successive defeat, leading to their late arrival for the doping tests.

Source: Reuters

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