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CONI seeks sports ban for entire family of rider

  • By Agence France Presse
  • Published Dec. 9, 2010

Prosecutors from the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) have asked that an entire family be banned for doping offenses related to a case involving Alessandro Petacchi.

The prosecutors have asked for Petacchi’s Lampre teammate Lorenzo Bernucci to be banned for six years, while also requesting four-year bans for the cyclist’s wife Valentina Borgioli, brother Alessio Bernucci, mother Antonella Rossi and father-in-law Fabrizio Borgioli.

If found guilty, Bernucci’s family would be prohibited “from frequenting sporting establishments and spaces reserved for athletes and related personnel in Italy,” according to anti-doping prosecutors. “As well as (prevented from) taking part in sporting events on Italian soil or those organized by Italian sporting authorities.”

The case was opened by prosecutors in Padova in July investigating Petacchi over the use of banned substances.

At the time Petacchi was competing in the Tour de France and went on to win the green points jersey.

In April, carabinieri federal police investigators seized pharmaceutical products from both Petacchi and Bernucci’s homes.

Bernucci was fired by former team T-Mobile in 2007 after testing positive for sibutramine, a banned substance, although he did not serve a ban.

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