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This is no dope deal.

Hearts boss Jim Jefferies Jim Jefferies (born November 22, 1950 in Musselburgh, East Lothian) is the Scottish football manager of Kilmarnock F.C..

Also a former player, whose defensive versatility often counted against him in the attacking Hearts team in the 1970s, Jefferies has enjoyed considerably
 last night insisted that French target Vincent Guerin isn't a drugs cheat.

The midfield mid·field  
n. Sports
1. The section of a playing field midway between goals.

2. Players whose usual positions are in the midfield.

 star was one of four players given a six-month ban by French bosses last season after being caught taking muscle- building substance Nandrolene.

That ban was subsequently lifted and Jefferies is adamant there will be no repeat of the Stephane Paille affair which saw the French star booted boot·ed  
Wearing boots.

Adj. 1. booted - wearing boots
shod, shodden, shoed - wearing footgear
 out of Tynecastle

two years ago for drug taking. Jefferies, who hopes to sign Guerin on a free transfer from Paris St Germain this week, said: "These players were supposed to have taken some kind of steroid but Vincent was cleared after an investigation.

"Although his contract was up, PSG PSG,
n polysomnograph; polygraph performed during sleep. Physiological variables such as pulse, blood pressure, and respiration are monitored and charted.
 wanted to keep him and Marseille Marseille
 or Marseilles

City (pop., 1999: city, 797,486; metro. area, 1,349,772), southeastern France. One of the Mediterranean's major seaports and the second largest city in France, it is located on the Gulf of Lion, west of the French Riviera.
 were also keen to sign him.

"But, although he had been found not guilty, that episode has soured him with French football and he feels it is time for a change."

A spokesman for the French Football Federation said: "We imposed a six- month suspension on Guerin because he failed a dope test.

"But there was a civil tribunal in August and the suspension has been thrown out. Because he had less than 2mg of Nandrolene in his blood it was ruled he was OK to carry on playing. If it had been more than 2mg then he would have been in trouble. We are not saying he did not take the drug but he is free to play in France, Scotland or wherever he chooses."

Guerin, who has 19 caps and won a European Cup-Winners' Cup winners medal two years ago, has decided to join Hearts after being impressed with their set- up during a training spell.

Jefferies said: "I saw him by accident playing for West Ham Coordinates:

West Ham is a district in the London Borough of Newham, in east London, England, located 6.1 miles (9.8 km) east of Charing Cross. From 1889 to 1965 it formed part of the County Borough of West Ham.
 reserves at Southend when I was checking on Samassi Abou Samassi Abou (born 4 April 1973 in Gagnoa) is a professional footballer from Côte d'Ivoire, who plays as a forward. He played internationally for the French under-21 team.

Abou started playing in France for FC Martigues, before moving to Lyon.

"I immediately asked Vincent to come to Tynecastle. His quality is obvious and he has already turned down offers to go to Japan and the USA."

Guerin's agent Milan Radovanovic confirmed that the 32-year-old has decided to join Hearts and could line up against St Johnstone on Sunday.

He said: "Vincent will formally sign a two-year deal with Hearts on Thursday night."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Grahame, Ewing; Jackson, Keith
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 30, 1998
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