Mozart handed drugs ban

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Italian football authorities have suspended Reggina captain Mozart after he tested positive for a banned substance.

According to the Italian Olympic Committee, the Brazilian midfielder tested positive for Betamethasone following the club's Serie A clash with Milan last month.

Mozart has been suspended with immediate effect - pending a disciplinary committee hearing - and the suspension comes before Reggina host Serie A leaders Juventus at the Oreste Granillo.

Reggina have responded to the news by stating that the midfielder's positive test was for his use of an insect-bite cream he had applied to his three-year-old daughter, as Betamethasone is found in a number of products for skin treatment.

"Reggina underline that their captain (Mozart), for which has been found the presence of Betametasone, is not directly responsible," read a statement on Reggina's official website.

"The club consider the decision to stop him playing as absolutely grave because this penalizes a player, who has always been absolutely professional.

"The reason is due to the use of a cream against insect punctures he used for his three-year-old daughter."

Mozart's positive test was followed by the news that five Serie B players also tested positive for banned substances.

Vicenza's Julien Rantier, Arezzo's Daniele Amerini, Cesena's Lorenzo Rossetti, Crotone's Daniele Vantaggiato and Catanzaro's Tommaso Dei were suspended for similar offences on Friday.