Italy’s World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro has failed a doping test for cortisone, Italian media have reported.
Juventus defender Cannavaro, 36, reportedly tested positive after using a cream containing the banned substance to treat an allergic reaction to a bee sting. Cannavaro is highly allergic to the insect’s toxins which can cause him to enter an anaphylactic shock, a condition which could prove fatal if not treated rapidly. Juventus were aware the experienced international used the treatment and informed the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) of his actions. However, an administrative error has seemingly resulted in the failed test being made public and Cannavaro must now go before CONI in a meeting in Turin on Friday to explain the situation and provide the correct documentation which would clear his name. CONI released a statement on its website explaining the circumstances of the positive test without revealing if any action has been taken against the player.
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Cannavaro, who became the first defender to be named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2006 after leading Italy to World Cup glory, was already suspended for the World Cup qualifier against Ireland on Saturday, but he was expected to join the squad for Wednesday’s fixture against Cyprus.