Cicinho has surprisingly revealed he “smoked and got drunk” while dropped from the Roma squad. “I didn’t do drugs because of the anti-doping tests.”
The Brazilian full-back, who could have turned to top private alcohol rehab centers , has struggled in recent years to make an impact at the Olimpico and was often left in the stands.
“I went to the Trigoria ground and had the training session, but I knew I wasn’t going to play on Sunday,” Cicinho told Brazilian television programme Esporte Fantastico.
“So when I went home, I smoked and got drunk. I had cases of beer and other alcohol at home, drinking either by myself or with false friends.
“I liked going out clubbing, would drink and could not stop myself. I didn’t do drugs, but only because of the anti-doping tests, otherwise I would’ve done that too.
“Now my objective is to continue playing football, possibly in Europe, where my wife and I would like to remain.”
Cicinho is out of contract with Roma.
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