Cannavaro fails drug test, Torres injured

8 Oct
Daniele de Rossi's elbow to Brian McBride's face is just one of many reasons I hate the Italian soccer team.

Daniele de Rossi's elbow to Brian McBride's face is just one of many reasons I hate the Italian soccer team.

Just for the record, I have major beef with the Italian national team due to their excessive diving and ridiculous play acting.  So, it did bring me a little bit of satisfaction when I saw that Italian captain Fabio Cannavaro failed a drug test.  He tested positive for cortisone, a banned substance in Italy.  It was supposedly an injection for a bee sting and he filed the paperwork for an exemption, but was missing one of the crucial pieces.  He’s set to be questioned by the Italian anti-doping agency on Friday.  Who knows what will come of this, but all it does for me is reinforce the notion that I think the Italians cheat.

In other, much more disturbing news, Liverpool striker Fernando Torres took himself out of Spanish national team training after experiencing tightness in his groin.  Hopefully it’s nothing and he stopped practicing as a precaution, but after last season, you never know.  The last thing Liverpool needs is their stud striker out for large parts of the season like Torres was last year.  I might just cry if he ends up unable to play for the Reds.  If he’s out, Liverpool can kiss any top four hopes good-bye.  However, I mustn’t get too worked up about it since Liverpool’s next game isn’t until the 17th of October.  Hopefully, Spanish national coach Vincente del Bosque will keep Torres off the field in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers since Spain has already booked its place in South Africa.

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