Lawyers for infamous doping doctor Michele Ferrari are attempting to prevent the Hollywood film documenting the Lance Armstrong story, The Program, from being released in Italy.

Ferrari's lawyers are attempting to stop distributor Videa from making the film available as well as threatening to sue for damages, because of the scene where Guillaume Canet, who plays Ferrari, is shown administering the injectable drug to Ben Foster, who plays Armstrong.

It may be the thin end of the wedge given that Armstrong admitted to taking EPO on recommendation from Ferrari. However, the Italian denies actually injecting the drug into Armstrong.

The film has already proven controversial following the revelation that Foster used EPO in real life to prepare for the role of playing the disgraced cyclist.