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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Adriano has drinking problem

SAO PAULO (AP) A Flamengo club director said Sunday that Brazil striker Adriano has a drinking problem.

Marcos Braz told a local radio station the reason Adriano is temporarily out of the team is because he began drinking again following a personal problem.

"When he starts drinking, he can't stop," Braz told Radio Bandeirantes. "He had overcome this, but it started again because of this personal situation he is going through."

The Brazil forward did not show up for training Friday and local media widely reported that he got into an altercation with his girlfriend at a party in a shantytown.

Braz strongly denied speculation the player was involved with drugs.

"To say that Adriano has a drug problem is a tremendous absurd," Braz said. "Alcohol is a drug, but it's different."

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