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Le Monde forced to pay Real Madrid 300,000 euros over doping comments

AP, Monday 24 Feb 2014
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Real's Gareth Bale, right, celebrates his goal with team mates during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Spain's supreme court has ordered French newspaper Le Monde to pay Real Madrid 300,000 euros ($410,000) in damages for linking the football club to a notorious doping doctor.

The court also ordered Le Monde to pay Barcelona 15,000 euros ($20,600) in damages for associating it with Eufemiano Fuentes.

Le Monde wrote in December 2006 that it had seen handwritten notes by Fuentes over "preparation plans" for Madrid and Barcelona. Fuentes was previously found guilty of endangering public health and given a suspended jail sentence in the Puerto cycling case.

Le Monde had appealed to the supreme court after provincial courts ruled in favor of the Spanish giants.

Barcelona had sued for the same amount as Madrid but received less due to a technical oversight in its complaint.

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