I'll summarize (and translate) an interesting editorial which appeared on Goalcity.it regarding the recent ruling against the Juve doctor accused of giving players banned substances 1994-98. Food for thought. Hope it doesn't violate too many copyright laws since I did the translation myself (though not of the complete article) and post it here for your reading enjoyment (if we can call it such). The views expressed aren't necessarily those of Big Soccer, myself, blah blah blah. Here is the link to the original article: http://www.goalcity.it/GoalNewsDettaglioNotizia/1,2588,187982-11,00.html It should have been a game day like any other, made up of played soccer, with winning teams exulting and losing teams embittered, with the usual controversies surrounding referee decisions. Instead it was all much sadder than that. Ruined by the Turin court which ruled against Juve's club doctor. The accusation: he drugged the players. Abuse of pharmaceuticals and use of epo from 1994 to 1998. Mud on the trophies that Juve won in that time. The ruling was in the air, but until it was read out everyone chose to ignore it. Italian soccer has looked very bad on a world level. To the international press and public opinion, who already point the finger against Italian teams for their defensive way of approaching games, it did not seem real. Here are the usual Italians who are used to cheating. They say they have the best league and then drug their players. Juve has left a tarnish on Italian soccer that will not go away. The fact that Lippi is now the national team coach will come back to haunt us in upcoming international engagements. Hard accusations will be presented against us. Unless, for once, things are handled properly. Or the people involved should examine their conscience. Juve's leadership should resign, Lippi resign his post without waiting for judgement from above, Vialli, Del Piero and others should confess everything. FIGC, UEFA and FIFA should strip Juve of the titles (3 scudetti, 1 Champions League, 1 Intercontinental Cup). Only in this way would Italian soccer would emerge cleanly. But rest assured, it won't happen. We are condemned to remain wrapped in mystery and omerta'. We lack people willing to assume their responsiblities. At this rate, we won't get very far.