9 Oct 2009

Cannavaro fails doping test after treatment

12:40 pm on 9 October 2009

Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro's failed a drugs test after receiving emergency treatment on an insect bite.

He's been suspended for their match against Ireland in Dublin, when a draw will book the Azzurri's place in South Africa next year.

Cannavaro is Italy's most capped player and the cornerstone of their 2006 World Cup-winning side, but a wasp sting is behind his being stood down and summoned to a judicial hearing.

Italian media report that Cannavaro was given a cortisone-based anti-allergic medication to treat a wasp sting.