"A famous Italian lawyer has said Romanian international Adrian Mutu can get a less-severe sanction if he proves his sporting efficiency wasn’t boosted by the use of sibutramine.
tuttomercatoweb.com, lawyer Pier Filippo Capello, a well-known lawyer
on sports matters in Italy and the son of England's coach Fabio
Capello, said the Fiorentina player could receive a less-severe
Capello also said that any sports player who had used dope before risked a serious penalty for another violation.
Mutu may also be considered a recidivist, as he tested positive for cocaine in 2004 while playing for Chelsea.
Mutu recently appeared before Italian Olympic Committee anti-doping prosecutors in Rome in the sibutramine doping case.
The Italian National Anti-doping Court indefinitely suspended Mutu in February after he had failed anti-doping tests.
tested positive for sibutramine in tests carried out on 10 January
after a match with Bari and on 20 January after a match with Lazio.
scored two goals in the match against Lazio Roma that Fiorentina won by
a score of 3-2. His team thereby qualified for the Italy Cup
Sibutramine is an anorectic or appetite suppressant that reduces a person’s desire to eat."