One-time Newcastle loan striker Giuseppe Rossi, is facing a possible one year ban from football.
The 31 year old having tested positive for a banned substance.
With Genoa last season, the forward was tested after a match in May and was found to have used dorzolamide.
It is an anti-glaucoma substance and usually found in eye drops, players can get special dispensation to use it but Giuseppe Rossi didn’t, and he claims he has never used eye drops.
A hearing is now set to decide his fate, with a one year ban a possibility.
Rossi started his professional career at Manchester United and joined Newcastle on loan in summer 2006 as a 19 year old.
Alan Shearer had just retired and squad striker Michael Chopra was one of a number of other players sold or let go.
I remember fans being really disappointed that summer because of a perceived lack of ambition in the transfer market. Obafemi Martins (£10m) and Damian Duff (£5m) were the main buys, with Rossi and Antoine Sibierski (a free from Man City) coming in to help up front.
A net spend of only around £8m that summer (of 2006) was seen as a big negative after Glenn Roeder (with Shearer’s help as assistant) followed the disaster of Graeme Souness, by somehow getting Newcastle up to seventh.
Incredible to think that 12 years later we saw a £20m+ profit made this summer on transfers, at a time when spending at rival clubs is at record levels.
Giuseppe Rossi was American born to Italian parents and ended up playing 30 times for Italy. However, at Newcastle he struggled for both games and goals.
In his half season loan spell, Rossi made 13 appearances and only scored once, against Portsmouth in the League Cup.
A career badly affected by three cruciate knee ligament injuries, the striker enjoyed his best club football at Villarreal, scoring 54 goals in La Liga.
Whilst he later scored 16 goals in 21 Serie A appearances when playing for Fiorentina in Serie A in the 2013/14 season.