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By ESPN Staff

Juventus team doctor acquitted in doping case

ROME -- A team doctor for the soccer power Juventus was cleared of doping charges Wednesday in a case involving one of Italy's most successful and popular teams.

The appeals court in Turin acquitted physician Riccardo Agricola, his lawyer Emiliana Olivieri said. It also upheld the acquittal of chief executive Antonio Giraudo, she said.

Agricola had been convicted of administering banned substances, including the hormone EPO, to Juventus players from 1994-98, and was handed a suspended sentence of 22 months in November 2004. Giraudo had been acquitted.

On Wednesday, the court cleared Agricola of the charges of sporting fraud and administration of banned substances.

From 1994 to 1998, Juventus won three Italian league titles, one Champions League title and the Intercontinental Cup.