Milan striker fails drug test

2006-12-22 09:06

Rome - AC Milan's moderate season worsened on Thursday as striker Marco Borriello was revealed to have failed a drugs test.

The 24-year-old tested positive for cortisone according to a statement released by the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI).

"The Rome laboratory discovered the presence of Prednisone and Prednisolone (substances which indicate the use of cortisone)" read the statement from CONI.

Borriello, scorer of one goal in seven appearances this season, was tested after the 2-1 home defeat by AS Roma on November 11 and is the first Serie A player to fail a dope test this term.

Borriello, signed from Sampdoria in the summer, will have his file passed on to the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) who will decide what his punishment should be.

Milan have had a torrid time this year being docked eight points for their role in the matchfixing scandal and are just five points above the relegation zone with just six wins in 17 matches.