Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, who successfully fought a doping case while a player in Italy, has urged Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador to fight his two-year doping ban "until the end of the world".
Alberto Contador after addressing the media on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
"In these situations, and I speak a bit from personal experience, there is only one person who knows what happened, that is him," Guardiola said in comments replayed in Spanish media yesterday.
"And if he knows that he really is innocent as he says publicly and privately, he should defend himself until the end of the world and for as long as it takes. The truth always comes out in the end."
Guardiola was speaking at a press conference on the eve of Barcelona's King's Cup semi-final second leg against Valencia yesterday and his comments were published in sports dailies including Mundo Deportivo.
The Catalan coach was banned for four months after he tested positive for nandrolone in 2001 while playing for Italy's Brescia but he was cleared by a criminal court on appeal in October 2007.