Fuentes says he never treated Real Madrid players
Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor at the center of the Operation
Puerto blood-doping trial, says he never treated Real Madrid’s
players, following the club’s announcement that it plans to sue him
for giving the impression that he had.
Fuentes told Europa Press news agency on Saturday that ”if
Madrid wants to sue me, they can go ahead, but I have never treated
a Real Madrid player.”
”If Madrid understood (what I said) as such, then I think they
got confused,” Fuentes said. ”Madrid has nothing to do with
Operation Puerto. I am not nor have I ever been a doctor for Real
Madrid, neither directly nor indirectly. I have never given a
Madrid player as much as an aspirin.”
Fuentes said on Friday that Madrid owed him money without
specifying the reason.
The club responded with a statement that the money owed Fuentes
was for travel expenses when he testified in a court case against
Le Monde newspaper and that he had never worked for Madrid.
The club said it would sue Fuentes for his ”intention of
confusing the public opinion about his relation with the club with
evident bad intent and with the goal of damaging the image of the
Fuentes is one of five defendants currently under trial in the
Spanish capital on charges of having endangered the health of
cyclists with improperly administered blood transfusions designed
to boost their performance.
The trial’s scope is limited to public health laws since doping
was not illegal in 2006 when police began their investigation into
the alleged blood-doping ring. Spain has since passed anti-doping
legislation and its Parliament will vote on an even tougher law
”I didn’t say what I said with the intention of offending
anyone,” Fuentes said on Saturday. ”But rather in the interest of
recovering the money that I am owed.”