Prosecutors claim Juve players were given EPO

ROME: Juventus players were regularly given drugs, including the banned hormone EPO, to boost their performances, prosecutors said on Friday in a court case against the team’s chairman and doctor. 

Gianfranco Colace said that reports from experts have proved widespread use of EPO by Juventus players, the news agency ANSA reported, while another prosecutor, Sara Panelli, told the court that the Turin team had pursued a “synergic strategy in the use of drugs for four seasons”. 

The prosecutors addressed the court for six hours on Friday in the trial of Juventus chairman Antonio Giraudo and doctor Riccardo Agricola, who are accused of having administered banned substances to the players in the 1990s. 

The judge adjourned the proceedings until Oct 25 before prosecutors could finish presenting their case against the Italian Serie A club. 

Juventus officials have rejected accusations of doping, claiming that the substances were used to improve the players’ health. 

The court ruling in the case is expected by the end of 2004, six years after allegations by then-AS Roma coach Zdenek Zeman led to the judicial inquiries. – AP 

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