Juventus FC midfielder Edgar Davids will appeal against his five-month doping suspension imposed by the Italian football league, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday.
The Dutch international, who has protested his innocence, was handed the ban on Tuesday by the league's disciplinary committee. "We will definitely appeal the ban. Edgar was quite surprised when he heard the ban was for five months and also disappointed," his lawyer Robert Geerlings told Reuters.
Wants to clear his name
Davids, who has won more than 40 international caps, wants to clear his name, or at least reduce the length of time he will be out of action, Geerlings added.
The 28-year-old was suspended after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone after a Serie A game in March. The ban is backdated to the start of his suspension and he will be able to play again when Juventus face Bologna FC on 20 October.
Misses World Cup game
The ban also rules him out of the Netherlands' FIFA World Cup 2002 qualifying game against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday. "He wished to be able to play because of the importance of those games and he feels his presence is important in those crucial games," Geerlings said.
Juventus consider appeal
Juventus are also considering an appeal. "We are thinking about it and it is up to the lawyers who are studying the situation, but probably we will appeal," a source close to the club told Reuters.
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