Milan deny any link to Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes

• 'Milan have never had contact of any nature with Fuentes'
• El País says 'Milan' could be a code name used by doctor

Milan have denied having any links to Eufemiano Fuentes, the Spanish doctor at the centre of a global sports doping scandal who has admitted that clients at his Madrid clinic included footballers.

The Spanish newspaper, El País, on Monday night published an article saying that "MILAN" could be one of the code names Fuentes used but the Serie A club said in a statement: "AC Milan have never had direct or indirect contact of any nature with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes. Any references to the activities of Dr Fuentes in relation to Milan are therefore the result of false interpretations or a mistake.

"Milan reserve the right to take legal action against anyone who claims anything contradictory."

Fuentes has been given evidence in the current Operation Puerto trial in Madrid but has not been asked to reveal the code names attached to the 200 blood bags he was found with in 2006. Only cyclists have been named but El País said on Monday that a note in handwriting very similar to that of Fuentes could help to solve what the different code names stand for. The Spanish medic appeared to have three customers that could be teams in the notes, El País wrote. One is "RSOC", the second is "Alfredo", and the third "MILAN".

Iñaki Badiola, a former president of Real Sociedad, when asked on Monday whether RSOC could refer to Sociedad, told AS: "It looks like it, but it should be Eufemiano [Fuentes] himself who confirms it in court."

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