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Cannavaro should be cleared - doping prosecutor

Fabio Cannavaro did not commit a doping offence and should be cleared because he took cortisone only to treat an bee sting, the Italian Olympic Committee's (CONI) anti-doping prosecutor said on Saturday.

• Cannavaro fails drugs test

CONI's Ettore Torri, who question Cannavaro on Friday, will now recommend to an anti-doping tribunal, due to meet in the coming days, that the Italy captain should not receive any sanction.

"The prosecutor asks for the Cannavaro case to be dropped," a statement from the prosecutor's office said. "We can exclude (the possibility) that Cannavaro is responsible. This office reserves the right to make further judgements in the future over other parties...which were responsible."

Cannavaro,36, requested exemption to take Neoton after being treated in hospital but did not receive it before he was dope tested and CONI said that after the exemption request arrived it had written to the player asking for a doctor's certificate.

"I am happy the prosecutor has asked for my case to be dropped because this shows he appreciates my good faith and my behaviour," Cannavaro told the Juventus website. "I had no doubt that this would happen and I am sorry that such an insignificant incident generated so much clamour."

It is not the first time Cannavaro has been in trouble. In 2005, a video was shown on Italian TV of the defender being injected with a performance-enhancing substance the night before the 1999 UEFA Cup final. The sequence was shot in a Moscow hotel room, shortly before his Parma team beat Marseille 3-0 for the title.

The substance was Neoton, a creatine phosphate, that was not on any banned lists in Italy at the time.

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