Rossi failed drug test, facing lengthy ban

Rossi failed drug test, facing lengthy ban

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Rossi failed drug test, facing lengthy ban

Former Italian international Giuseppe Rossi is in a bit of hot water with Italian authorities.

Italian anti-doping agency Nado Italia announced that Rossi will appear at an October 1 hearing after testing positive for Dorzolamide, an eye drug that can be used as a masking agent for illegal substances. The drug isn’t illegal when used as eye drops, but Rossi previously said he has not used any form of eye drops when questioned twice over the summer.

He faces a one year ban from soccer if convicted.

The New York native began his career with a short spell at Manchester United before stints at Newcastle, Parma, Villarreal, Fiorentina, Levante, and Celta Vigo. He also made 30 appearances for the Italian National Team before his career was upset by a series of knee injuries.

Rossi is currently out of contract.

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