++ [ originally posted by Godot ] ++
I've heard about this rumour already, but I just choose to ignore it because I don't know whether it's true or not and I'm not going to bother my head about it either.
Actually it is true. Juve are on trial, but not because doping per se, but more like unethical use of chemical supstances I think. When Juve's facilities were raided by the police (and yes, that did happen) they found enough chemicals, medicine for a medium sized farmacy (which is a lot for a football club). The most debatted drug I think is creatine, which basically raises the level of iron in the blood, and as iron is used to transfer oxygen through the blood and to various parts of the body, it increases endurance and stamina. It's not illegal except in France, and Del Piero, Deschamps and ZIdane have already admitted of taking it. Anyway, dont take my word on any of this as I'm not an expert, but I dont think we're in real danger because of this trial. If we were it'd get much more media attention than it has, and the matter probably would be resolved by now.
Cos Zeman raised eyebrows by saying that Vialli and Del Piero (among others) had increased their muscle tones in a short period of time, and he thought it was abnormal, insinuating that they used drugs. This caused a domino effect, and everyone accusing juve of being cheats.
I don't know why other clubs have not been inspected or anything, all I know is that it became ridiculous.
The year who is maynly under examination is 1998.
The players who weare accused of "sport fraud" are Del Piero, Di Livio and Deschamps cause their bload had strange values and with them also some doctors; but this accuse went down cause they didn't have anything to prouve that they weare actually doped. But now they are still searching.... few months ago they did a "raid" in Juve medical rooms and they said they found so many medicines that weare too mutch even 4 a whole hospital but they didn't find anything, the only wierd thing was that they had a lot of anti-depressive pills.
Del Piero, Conte, Ferrara, Tacchinardi, Pessotto and Birindelli weare listened in the court yesterday.
The players admitted to use cratine (but actually it isn't illegal) and than they said that in the end of 1998 season they had some flebo and 10 pills a day each one of a different colour but that it was just vitamins. Ferrara also said that he think it is true what Zeman said "soccer had to go out from the farmacy" but he said that in 1998 period they weare taking too many staff but nothing illegal. Del Piero said that his body change is due to creatine and traings and nothing else.
Well... till ther's no prouve they can't do nothing, but one thing I hope... doping checks after the matches has to be more intensive. Till it will be that just one player a team will do the antidoping there will always be some suspect, I think that all the players who actually played have to do it, so it all will be more clean and clear. Maybe also some "surprise checks" 4 all the teams are needed. Is bad to have this doping speaking in Italian soccer, if they will do more checks peaple will stop supposing...
Doping is serious issue for both the legitimacy of soccer but also for the health of players concerned. However, I think the matter should be taken by FIFA not Italian Football Federation, even if I am pleased at this has become an issue. The reason is that I am pretty sure that La Liga, and EPL have probably more cases of doping because of the lack of regulations and testing. In Italia, I believe, every team has to give 5 samples of urine of randomly selected players, whereas in England and Spain this is not the case. Remember Stam, and Guardiola being tested positive couple weeks after coming to Italian league?
However, I don't like to see accusation being made in "public" of "individuals" without strong evidence and legitimate source to back it up. If Zeman wants to accuse *specific* players of doping then he better come with medical evidence of players involved. Because it can damage the reputation and cause mental harm to specific individuals.
Yes I'm agree that it has to be a FIFA problem not just a FIGC one. But if nobody will change regolations I hope that at list Italy do it. This is not the only dopin-scandal, there was also one about Empoli, and also one about "acquacetosa", the laboratory who do the analisis of the urine control.