Acerbi denies taking drugs

Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi has denied he is guilty of doping and demanded the Italian media grant him respect after confirmation he has failed a drug test.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 15:50 Post Comment

Francesco Acerbi: Has denied any taking of drugs

Francesco Acerbi: Has denied any taking of drugs

Acerbi was provisionally suspended last week by an Italian anti-doping agency after he failed a test for high levels of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) following his team's Serie A victory against Cagliari on December 1.

The 25-year-old Acerbi, who underwent an operation for testicular cancer in July, told Italian TV Italia Uno: "I have never taken any illegal substance and it's painful to be accused of that.

"I understand that the press has a job to do but these accusations have been very annoying, not so much for me but for my loved ones."

Sassuolo confirmed Acerbi was not undergoing any treatment and, therefore, had not requested any special dispensation for the former AC Milan and Chievo player.

High levels of HCG can be produced by a cancerous tumour.

"The high level hormone can be a consequence of many things," Acerbi said. "I will have some tests done.

"My main concern right now is my health.

"You cannot point the finger at someone without knowing the situation. I demand respect for my health and for my family.

"I've had doping tests done before the game against Cagliari and had I taken something, I would have already tested positive before that.

"Those that have branded me as a cheat have disgraced me, my club and my doctors."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m only commenting on this (I don't care about Liverpool) because F365's twitter said I had call Matt Stanger a tw*t (which I don't agree with anyway) but I just wanted to be the first. Am I the first?

tk421
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

S

unday, Sunday. Will there be a fan of either team, who if they are winning after 80 mins, won't still be nervous? This could be anything from 0-0 to 5-5, and no one would bat an eye.

megabrow (cufc)
A Season Of Continuous False Dawns

T

his year I am getting F365 a whack-a-mole game but with Brendan instead of the mole (Like the one with JD on Scrubs) and every time he pops up he says something. Outstanding Whack!, Character Whack!, Magnificent Whack!, Wonderful Composure Whack, Whack f**king Whack. Hours of fun.

hump3.
Trial And Error Rather Than Transition

Footer 365

Premier League: Joe Hart agrees long-term contract with Manchester City

Joe Hart has signed a new long-term contract which keeps him at Manchester City until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Premier League: Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says Manchester United can still win title

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Saturday's opponents Manchester United can still win the Barclays Premier League.

Premier League: Manuel Pellegrini confident James Milner will sign new deal at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident James Milner will soon sign a new contract with the club.

Mail Box

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

Players Plainly Wearing The Wrong Strip...

There are some players who just look plain daft in whatever shirt they're wearing. Like Cesc and Robin. It's a cracking mailbox with a load of different themes...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property