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Jul 27, 2009

Italian pair have drug-related bans overturned

Italian soccer players Daniele Mannini and Davide Possanzini have had their one-year bans for arriving late to a doping test overturned, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

The CAS provisionally lifted the bans in March while the case was re-examined and the Lausanne-based court said in a statement that it had 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 Serie A's Sampdoria, and striker Possanzini were ordered to attend a dressing-room meeting in December 2007 following Brescia's third successive defeat, leading to their late arrival for the doping tests.

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