ROME — Benevento captain Fabio Lucioni has been banned one year for doping.
Italy’s national anti-doping organization made the decision Tuesday after the steroid clostebol was found in a sample taken after Benevento’s 1-0 loss to Torino in September.
Benevento team physician Walter Giorgione was banned for four years for administering the steroid to Lucioni in a spray.
Both Lucioni and Giorgione plan to appeal.
The 30-year-old Lucioni joined Benevento in 2014 and the defender helped the team move from the third division up into Serie A this season for the first time.
Benevento is last in Serie A with only two wins in 20 matches.
The ban is back-dated to October, meaning Lucioni can return early next season.