Lance Armstrong's doctor Michele Ferrari attempts to stop 'The Program' being distributed in Italy

Dr Michele Ferrari is reportedly trying to block the distribution of the Lance Armstrong biopic ‘The Program’ in Italy.

Dr Ferrari claims he never injected Armstrong with EPO, as is depicted in the film by Stephen Frears, prompting his lawyers to attempt to stop distributor Videa from making it available in Italy, according to the Associated Press.

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The controversial scene, in the film based on the book by David Walsh and Pierre Ballester, sees Dr Ferrari, played by Guillaume Canet, injecting Ben Foster’s Armstrong character, which the doctor insists never occurred.

Armstrong himself has admitted that he took EPO on the recommendation of Dr Ferrari, but there appears to be no evidence that the Italian himself administered it.

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Dr Ferrari was banned for life, along with Armstrong, after the USADA case revealed the Texan’s doping regime. He was also banned by the Italian Olympic Committee in 2002, which he is currently appealing.

  • maprun

    If it was perfectly alright to recommend Lance took EPO, then why would Ferrari seek damages! I doubt it makes much difference who administered it, bruises apart.

  • Pablo Langkabel

    Lance would have used EPO anyway as with all world class athletes. That he may have consulted with Ferrari is not vindication to slander and defame Ferrari in a global manner. I hope Ferrari wins damages.