Wednesday 28 September 2016

'It's not a great thing to hear' - Paul O'Connell concerned over Toulon doping allegations

Published 08/09/2015 | 18:26

Ireland's Paul O'Connell during squad training today. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Ireland's Paul O'Connell during squad training today. RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Paul O'Connell has had his say on reports of alleged doping at his new club Toulon.

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Marseille prosecutors have launched an investigation into several pharmacies in Toulon after notification from France's anti-doping authority Agence Francaise de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFDL).

Reports in France alleged Toulon players had been supplied with anabolic steroids.

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal, a billionaire comic book magnate, insists the investigation is solely centred around social security fraud and one pharmacist, not Toulon.

"No player is concerned in this affair, it's totally unfounded information," Boudjellal told reporters.

"This is related to a social security fraud; that concerns the pharmacist not RCT."

Paul O'Connell was clearly surprised to hear about the reports this morning.

“I don’t know anything about it,” O’Connell told TV3 today. “Some of the lads told me about it before training, they’d obviously been reading a news website.

“So I don’t know anything about it but I’ll be making a phone call this afternoon to see what the story is.

“It’s not a great thing to hear at all, no, but hopefully there’s a sensible explanation for it.

“I’m going to try and find out what the story is.”

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