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Milan striker Borriello suspended after dope test

MILAN, Dec 22 (Reuters) - AC Milan striker Marco Borriello has been suspended after testing positive in a routine doping test, the Italian Football League said in a statement.

The League's disciplinary commission said Borriello was suspended with immediate effect following an announcement from the anti-doping agency of the Italian Olympic Committee that the forward had failed a test carried out after Milan lost 2-1 at home to AS Roma on Nov.11.

CONI said that Borriello's sample had shown traces of banned substances prednisone and prednisolone - which indicate the use of cortisone - while Milan said they were confident the matter would be ressolved swiftly.

'A.C. Milan is aware of the provisional suspension of player Marco Borriello and is sure that will this event will be cleared up soon in the best manner possible,' the club said in a statement on their Web site.

Under Italian doping regulations a player is automatically suspended following a postive first sample but no definitive verdict is issued until after the results of tests on a second sample.

Borriello, used largely as a back-up player by Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, played the last 15 minutes of the game against Roma coming on as a late substitute.

The striker made his Milan debut in 2002 but has subsequently been loaned out by the club and has featured for Empoli, Reggina, Sampdoria and Treviso.

Since returning to Milan for this season he has made seven Serie A appearances scoring once, and played in three Champions League games for the six-times European champions.

The 24-year-old forward played 15 times for Italy's Under-21 national side scoring seven goals.

Italy has a strict anti-doping regime with two players from each team tested after every game in the top two divisions.