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Report: Former Lance Armstrong physician aims to stop film distribution

ROME -- Lance Armstrong's former physician has reportedly filed a lawsuit aiming to halt distribution in Italy of a movie about Armstrong.

The ANSA news agency reports that lawyers for Dr. Michele Ferrari have requested that the "The Program," due to be released in Italy on Thursday, be sequestered from distributor Videa and are seeking damages.

Lawyers say Ferrari never administered EPO to Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned for life from professional cycling in 2012 after a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency investigation found that he had used PEDs during his cycling career.

Ferrari's lawyer Dario Bolognesi did not immediately answer calls from The Associated Press.

Ferrari is played by French actor Guillaume Canet in the film, which is directed by Stephen Frears.

The Italian Cycling Federation and the U.S. Anti-Doping Association banned Ferrari for life for helping athletes use performance-enhancing drugs.

Armstrong has acknowledged that Ferrari was his trainer until 2004.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.