Sports: Spain urges Pereiro case to be resolved

24th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - Spanish Sports Minister Jaime Lissavetzky on Tuesday urged the French government to settle the Oscar Pereiro doping case as soon as possible.

MADRID, Jan 23, 2007 (AFP) - Spanish Sports Minister Jaime Lissavetzky on Tuesday urged the French government to settle the Oscar Pereiro doping case as soon as possible.

Spaniard Pereiro finished second in last year's Tour de France but last week French laboratory AFLD leaked information to Le Monde newspaper which revealed that the banned substance salbutamol, often prescribed for asthma sufferers, was discovered in the Spaniard's urine sample after the 14th and 16th stages.

The UCI has since criticised Pereiro for not sending off the medical documents which legitimised use of the drug.

The request by Lissavetzky, who backed Pereiro completely and described the affair as a "storm in a teacup", was made to a representative of French counterpart Jean-Francois Lamour during a meeting in Madrid.

On Monday, Pereiro said he had been treated unfairly by Le Monde and asked the Spanish government to sue the French daily.

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Subject: French News

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