Doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes given one-year prison sentence

Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes arrives at court on January 28, 2013
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Doctor Eufemiano Fuentes will spend a year in prison for assisting cyclists in blood transfusions.

A Spanish court has today sentenced doctor Eufemiano Fuentes to 12 months in prison for helping some of the world's top cyclists to carry out blood transfusions.

The sentence has been given seven years after police raided his Madrid laboratories and found dozens of bags of refrigerated and frozen blood.

However, the names of the bag owners will not be revealed after the judge ruled that they could not be handed over to anti-doping authorities to do DNA tests.

It has been claimed that some of the bags in Fuentes's laboratories also belonged to athletes and football players.

One sportsman who recently confessed to having used Fuentes services is cyclist Tyler Hamilton, who revealed that he had undergone a transfusion in a hotel room.

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