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Why are Italian soccer players dying from Lou Gehrig's disease?

Posted by on Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 1:55 AM

Startling story today in The Guardian:

The deaths of a growing number of Italian footballers from a rare and debilitating disease may be due to pesticides and fertilisers used in the 80s and 90s, an Italian magistrate has claimed. Fifty one professional and amateur players have now died from it, six times the average in the general population, said the Turin magistrate Raffaele Guariniello, who has run checks on every man who played in the top three divisions from the 60s to 2006.

Tonight Roberto Baggio, Ruud Gullit and Franco Baresi will play a charity game in Florence organised by the latest sufferer, the former Milan, Fiorentina and Italy striker Stefano Borgonovo, 44.

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