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Racing 92 suspend All Blacks legend Ali Williams amid cocaine investigation

Limerick , Ireland - 21 January 2017; Ali Williams of Racing 92 acknowlesges the supporters after the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 6 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
Limerick , Ireland - 21 January 2017; Ali Williams of Racing 92 acknowlesges the supporters after the European Rugby Champions Cup Pool 1 Round 6 match between Munster and Racing 92 at Thomond Park in Limerick. (Photo By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)
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Racing 92 have suspended former All Black lock Ali Williams after the 35-year-old was arrested in Paris on Saturday for allegedly trying to buy cocaine.

Former New Zealand international Ali Williams has been suspended by French club Racing 92 after he was arrested in possession of cocaine.

Toulon player James O'Connor, who has been capped 44 times by Australia, was also arrested in Paris in the early hours of Saturday, according to reports in France.

"A player of Racing 92 is at the heart of an investigation into the purchase and possession of cocaine," the club said in a statement.

"In this context, it was decided to suspend Ali Williams.

"If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be against the law but also a serious fault in terms of our ethics."

Williams was a part of the All Blacks side that won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, came out of retirement last summer to play for Top 14 champions Racing 92.

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