27 September 2012 21:03
Roma coach Zdenek Zeman says he is not surprised to hear of the latest doping revelations to have emerged from Serie A.
The Czech Republic boss accused champions Juventus of drugs offences during the 90s, an allegation that has caused resentment between the two parties ever since.
Now former Inter midfielder Matias Almeyda has released an autobiography highlighting the extent of the problem during his playing career in Italy, and Zeman has stated that the latest news does not surprise him.
“Years ago I said there was doping in football,” he told TV programme Serie A.
“I have not read Almeyda’s autobiography, but I’m not surprised. Now players are saying what I said. If they had done so before, the problem would have been eliminated long ago.”
Zeman will take his Roma charges to Turin to face Juventus this weekend, and is unlikely to receive a warm reception due to the lingering bitterness the Bianconeri faithful hold for him.
The 65-year-old has played down the potentially hostile encounter, indicating that the opposition supporters should direct their anger towards other parties.
“There are rumours, but I hope it is merely a game of football,” he said. “If Juve fans are angry with me, they should be angry with the prosecutors, the courts, and so many other people.”