Media coverage stings Cannavaro after Italy captain cleared of doping offence

ITALY captain Fabio Cannavaro has lashed out at the media after being cleared of wrongdoing in relation to a failed doping test.<br /><br />The World Cup winner tested positive for cortisone after taking medication that contained the banned substance for a wasp sting. Cannavaro, 36, had requested an exemption from testing as a result of the emergency measure, but did not get it in time due to a mix-up over paperwork by his club Juventus.<br /><br />But the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) yesterday dropped its case against him, prompting the former Real Madrid player to rail against his treatment in the media.<br /><br />&ldquo;It really annoys me,&rdquo; said the veteran defender. &ldquo;And in case you didn&rsquo;t understand properly I&rsquo;ll repeat that: it really annoys me. I have a clean conscience. Someone gets stung by a bee and finds themselves in the paper as if they were a drug user.<br /><br />&ldquo;When it happened I thought I was dreaming. Some newspapers and television stations really exaggerated. My career has been exemplary and I have always followed the rules.&rdquo;<br />