By Chris Wright
Former Sampdoria and Brescia striker Francesco Flachi has been handed a twelve-year ban after testing positive for cocaine for the second time in three seasons.
Flachi, who first tested positive for the drug in 2007, again returned a positive sample following Brescia’s Serie B clash with Modena in December of last year.
The Italian Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA) issued the following brief statement on their website;
“Flachi is banned from January 13th 2010th until January 12th 2022. Both the FIGC (Italian Football Federation) and his club Brescia were informed of the decision”.
As a result of the huge ban, Flachi will not be eligible to play professional football again until he turns 47.
Either up your nose or through your vein, there’s nothin’ to gain except killin’ your brain.