Milan, Oct 27: AS Roma midfielder David Pizarro has said players take too many pharmaceutical supplements in the modern game.
A debate has raged in Italy for several years about the legality of supplements after Juventus were discovered to have used several substances such as creatine to help players recover fitness during the 1990s.
Endless court proceedings failed to come to a proper conclusion and an Italian judge is now investigating the use of vitamins throughout soccer to see if any banned substances were used and if any deaths can be linked to the cases.
''Yes it is true (players take too many pharmaceuticals) and I talk in general. It happens because we play too many games and we always need to recover,'' Chilean Pizarro told Gazzetta dello Sport today.
''You could say no, but then you stay outside the squad,'' he said.