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10th Jan 2017

Dan Carter called to appear before French anti-doping agency

Three Racing 92 players are involved

Sean McMahon

Dan Carter, Juan Imhoff and Joe Rokocoko were cleared of any wrongdoing when the Racing 92 trio went before the French Federation of Rugby’s Doping Commission last October.

The three players, who were most recently involved in their drubbing at the hands of Munster in the Champions Cup, were all found to have the corticosteroids prednisolone in their systems but were cleared of any wrongdoing by French rugby’s doping commission in this regard.

The tests were carried out in the aftermath of Racing 92’s Top 14 final victory over Toulon at Barcelona’s Nou Camp, last year.

However, AFP are reporting that the French national anti-doping organisation, Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFLD), have summoned the three Racing players to a hearing.

The AFLD states that this is often standard procedure but also outline that they want to carry out their own investigation, considering the high levels of prednisolone found in the players’ systems, according to French newspaper, Le Monde.

“This procedure is neither rare nor automatic,” says Le Monde. “It does not presage a reversal of the decision of the FFR, but shows that these three controls above the norm require explanations.”

Previously, the club stated that the use of the drug was covered by the rules surrounding Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs).

According to the same report in Le Monde, there has been no date set for the hearing and Racing 92 did not comment or confirm the reports regarding the latest development in this story.

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