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Atalanta Bergamo: the coach accused of refusing a doping test on a player


On February 7, Gian Piero Gasperini allegedly disrupted a series of surprise checks organized at the Atalanta training center.

The Atalanta Bergamo coach is accused of trying to remove one of his players from doping control.

According to information from La Gazzetta dello Sport, technician Gian Piero Gasperini did not accept that a footballer from the club, 4th in Serie A, undergoes an analysis during training.

"He insulted a controller and attacked the entire anti-doping system, interrupting the current control and forcing the player to return to training", according to the anti-doping judge Pierfilippo Laviani, quoted by the transalpine daily.

The facts took place on February 7 at the club's training center, which had been the opponent of PSG in the quarter-finals of the Final 8 last summer in Lisbon.

Four players in total were subject to a surprise check.

Three Serie A games and a Cup final against Juve

Summoned on May 10 before the anti-doping court, the coach could therefore miss the final of the Italian Cup, according to media in the peninsula.

Prosecutors have called for a 20-day ban on all contact with his players, according to the Ansa newspaper and news agency.

If the requested sanction is confirmed, the 63-year-old coach would miss the last three Serie A games, in which Atalanta will seek to advance to the Champions League for the third consecutive season, as well as the final of the Cup against Juventus on May 19.

Until then, according to La Gazzetta, the player in question has passed his examination at the end of training, after the "mediation" of a doctor of the club.

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2021-04-13

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