Museeuw accused of EPO useClose
The Belgian media has published transcripts from a Kortrijk court apparently showing that Johan MusePICTURE BY TDWSPORT.COM The Belgian media has been reporting on Saturday that Johan Museeuw was recently handed a four-year ban by the Belgian federation because of indications that he took the blood-boosters EPO and Aranesp during 2003. Details of Museeuw's alleged infringement had been kept under wraps by a Belgian court trying a doping case, but verbal statements have been reproduced in today's De Morgen newspaper and on Belgian TV. The statements include SMS messages exchanged between Museeuw and veterinarian Jos Landuyt, who is on trial for trafficking in animal hormones and doping products together with soigneur Herman Versele. According to the court in Kortrijk where Landuyt and Versele are being tried, several lines of enquiry allegedly point towards Museeuw taking the banned products. "Taking into consideration the exchange of faxes and SMS messages, the questioning and confession of Landuyt and other people, it has been established that Johan Museeuw has certainly taken EPO and Aranesp," concluded the court's report. Several Belgian media sources have printed extracts from a variety of communications between Landuyt and Museeuw, in which the former allegedly advises the latter on which products he should take and how to take them. Ironically, these details were released on the very same day that a court in Brussels was starting to consider a legal case brought by Museeuw against the Belgian federation for violation of the secrecy of the Kortrijk court and of his presumption of innocence until the case had been concluded.