Qadhafi's soccer son fails drugs test

The footballer son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi has tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.

    Saadi al-Qadhafi plays for Libya and Italian club Perugia

    The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) said on Wednesday that Perugia midfielder Saadi al-Qadhafi has become

     the third Serie A footballer to fail a random drugs test

    this year.

    Should a second test prove conclusive, al-Qadhafi can expect

    a lengthy ban.

    A Libyan international and vice-president of his national sports

    federation, al-Qadhafi has not yet represented the Italian first

    division side since signing a one-year contract

    in the summer.

    Controversy

    The 30-year-old former al-Ittihad player is no stranger to controversy.

    He employed disgraced

    Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson as his personal trainer in Libya three

    years ago.

    Johnson was stripped of his 100 metres gold medal for using

    drugs at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

    Last month, Inter Milan's Sierra Leone striker Muhammad Kallon

    tested positive for nandrolone, while Parma midfielder Manuele Blasi

    tested positive for norandrosterone.

    Both players have been

    suspended until further notice.

    Italy has seen a series of drug scandals in recent years. Two years ago Lazio's Dutch defender Jaap Stam and former Spain

    international Pep Guardiola, who at the time was playing for

    Brescia, were both suspended for testing positive for nandrolone.

    SOURCE: AFP


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