3 Italian relay runners cleared of doping allegations

ROME (AP) Three members of the Italian team that won the silver medal in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2010 European Athletics Championships have been cleared of doping charges.

The Italian Olympic Committee's anti-doping prosecutor had recommended suspensions of 27 months for Simone Collio, 24 months for Maurizio Checcucci and eight months for Roberto Donati.

All three were acquitted following Thursday's hearing.

As he left the hearing, Collio shouted: ''Cleared, cleared! Now I want to know who will pay for my ruined reputation.''

The three had been accused of covering up the use of a banned cortisone, bentelan. They said they used it outside of competition, which was in compliance with the rules, and didn't have to declare it in anti-doping tests.

Emanuele Di Gregorio was the fourth member of the relay squad that finished second behind France in Barcelona, setting a national record. He was not accused.

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