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STAM FACING LENGTHY BAN.

ITALY'S anti-doping officials last night recommended that Jaap Stam should be suspended from football for 10 months.

The Lazio defender tested positive for nandrolone on October 13 and a follow-up counter-analysis test gave a similar result.

Holland international Stam, who joined the Rome club from Manchester United for pounds 16.5million in August, met with anti-doping chiefs yesterday.

Should the FIGC (Italy's football association) concur with the guidance, Stam would miss the remainder of the Italian season.

Anti-doping prosecutor Giacomo Aiello has recommended Stam be fined 200million lira, or pounds 64,000.

Stam failed his initial test after Lazio's game with Atalanta, with CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee) revealing its result on November 16.

Under new regulations, CONI were able to suspend Stam immediately. Previously, a player would have had to fail a follow-up test before being suspended. Second test results were published on November 30.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 15, 2001
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