Italian Serie B

CAS temporarily lifts bans on Italian pair

March 18, 2009

Italian soccer players Daniele Mannini and Davide Possanzini have had their one-year bans temporarily lifted so their doping cases can be re-examined, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

CAS suspended the pair in January after they were found guilty of turning up late for a doping control when playing for Serie B club Brescia in 2007.

The CAS ruling followed a World Anti-Doping Agency challenge of the 15-day ban handed down by the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI).

The heavy bans caused outrage in Italy and the country's football federation (FIGC) asked CAS to reconsider given neither player had failed a drugs test.

"CAS has decided to temporarily lift the ban imposed on the two players, pending the final resolution of this case," a statement said.

"Additional evidence has now been placed before CAS which has re-convened the panel of arbitrators in charge of this matter.

"The panel will have to decide whether the additional evidence that has been submitted can be considered, and if so, whether it has any influence on the outcome."

Winger Mannini, now with Serie A's Napoli, and striker Possanzini were ordered to attend a post-match dressing room meeting in December 2007 following Brescia's third successive defeat, leading to their late arrival for the doping tests.