Doping trial: Zidane admits using creatine

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane admitted at the Juventus doping trial that he took the muscle growth supplement creatine while he played in Italy.

Doping trial: Zidane admits using creatine

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Real Madrid star Zinedine Zidane admitted at the Juventus doping trial here today he took the muscle growth supplement creatine while he played in Italy. "I took creatine, only when I played for Juventus. It was never the case when I played in France and hasn't happened since I've been playing in Spain," the FIFA World Player of the Year told the court. "It's useful and I need it to play 70 matches a season," he added. The France playmaker also said he was given vitamin injections at Juventus. Zidane played for Juventus from 1996 to 2001. The 31-year-old joined Real Madrid for a world record 75 million euros ($90 million) from Juventus in 2001.Two Juve officials are on trial over charges relating to the doping of players from the club over a four-year period in the 1990s. The prosecution alleges that Juventus managing director Antonio Giraudo and club doctor Riccardo Agricola supplied pharmaceutical products to several of the club's players between July 1994 and September 1998. It is charged that, while the drugs in question were legal, they had been used in such a manner that essentially produced the same effects as illicit substances. (PTI)



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