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Footballers seek justice in suspect heart drug allegations

Footballers suspect they were administered a high-risk heart drug

TWO footballers playing for top division side Alki have asked police to investigate whether recently discovered heart problems that forced them to quit the game were a result of intravenous injections containing unknown substances administered to them by the club officials during the previous season.

Panayiotis Frangeskou, 27, and Panayiotis Loizides, 23, were forced to retire from professional football a few days ago after being diagnosed as suffering from an identical heart condition that could place their lives at risk if they continued their career.

An announcement by the footballers’ association Pasp, whose chairman, Spyros Neophytides, accompanied the two footballers to the Larnaca police station, confirmed this and added that the players supplied police with all information they had available.

Alki chairman Andys Loppas, who is currently abroad, denied any wrongdoing and said that the club will hold a news conference next week where all questions will be answered.

Police said the footballers’ statements were being evaluated.

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