Appeal court confirms 'doping doctor' Ferrari's jail sentence
Michele Ferrari, the infamous, so-called ‘doping doctor’ who gained his notoriety through his relationship with shamed former cycling star Lance Armstrong, has been found guilty of doping by an Italian appeal court, confirming an earlier suspended jail sentence of 18 months.
The appeal court also confirmed the sentences of Daniel Taschler, the Italian biathlete, and his father Gottlieb, a former vice-president of the International Biathlon Union, who worked with Ferrari.
The sentence for Ferrari represents the first time he has been found guilty of doping in a penal court, despite allegations stretching back to the early 1990s. Doping was criminalised in Italy in 2000.
Ferrari has said that he will now take his appeal to the Supreme Court.