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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ali Williams and James O'Connor charges by Parisian police over cocaine discovery

Ali Williams (left) and James O'Connor (right)
Ali Williams (left) and James O'Connor (right)

Jack O'Toole

Rugby internationals Ali Williams and James O'Connor have been charged by French police after they were arrested in Paris on Friday night in possession of cocaine.

The pair were stopped by officers near the Champs Elysees outside a popular nightclub and were arrested at around 3am before being detained by French police until Sunday evening when they were released from jail.

The Paris prosecutor's office said that Williams would be summoned at a later date for allegedly buying the equivalent of 2.4 grams of the drug, while O'Connor faces an undisclosed fine for alleged cocaine use, the office said, without giving further details.

According to AFP, Police alleged that Williams was seen in a car with two suspected drug dealers while O'Connor was allegedly spotted outside the car acting as a lookout.

Williams' club Racing 92 temporarily suspended the player releasing a statement on the club's website which read - "Racing 92 is a club which since its birth has been structured around two pillars, sporting demand, and education, respect for values that build exemplary men and women.

"In this context, it was decided to lay off conservatively Ali Williams. If the investigation confirmed the possession of cocaine and the transaction, it would not only be an offense under the law but also a serious fault in terms of our ethics."

Meanwhile Toulon have yet to release a statement on O'Connor's future. The 26-year-old previously had his Wallabies contract terminated in 2013 after being removed from Perth Airport for acting drunk and disorderly.

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