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By ESPN Staff

Cascarino admits he was doped at Marseille

PARIS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino has said he received injections for unidentified substances during his spell at Olympique Marseille.

'I admit that I received injections but I know many other players who did the same,' Cascarino, who played for Marseille from 1994 to 1997, told the French sports daily L'Equipe.

'I don't know exactly what it was but I'm 99 percent sure that it was not legal.'

Former Marseille player Jean-Jacques Eydelie, who was found guilty of bribery in the 1993 Valenciennes-Olympique Marseille match-fixing scandal, told L'Equipe Magazine last month that he and several team mates had received injections before the 1993 Champions League final against AC Milan won 1-0 by Marseille.

'To be honest with you, I had heard the same thing when I arrived at the club in 1994,' Cascarino told L'Equipe when asked about Eydelie's accusations.

'From the first day I was told exactly the same story, so it was not an enormous shock when the news broke,' added Cascarino, who had already mentioned having received injections at Marseille in a column he wrote for the Times in 2003.

The European governing body UEFA said it would not be investigating Eydelie's doping claims.

Marseille rejected the claims and the club's former chairman Bernard Tapie has said he will sue Eydelie and the magazine over comments made about him in the interview.

Tapie, a former minister during the 1990s, was sentenced to eight months in prison for his role in the Valenciennes match-fixing scandal. He was also banned from having any position in soccer for five years.

'It was always before the match,' Cascarino told L'Equipe about the injections. 'We received an injection in the lower back. I was not quite sure what it was but as everybody told me it was good and as I felt great after each injection, I accepted what was being done to me'.