Doping ban increased on Sampdoria striker Flachi

June 22, 2007
ROME, June 22 (Reuters) - Sampdoria striker Francesco Flachi has had his doping ban increased to two years, the Italian Football League said on Friday. The 32-year-old was initially handed a 16-month ban by the League's disciplinary committee after testing positive for cocaine following a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan on Jan. 28. The decision to increase his punishment was taken in response to an appeal by the anti-doping wing of the Italian Olympic Committee. Flachi, who claimed the drug was contained ...

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