Sunday 22 April 2018

Carter 'disgusted' by drug test charge

Racing 92's Dan Carter Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.
Racing 92's Dan Carter Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Gavin Mairs and Mick Cleary

Dan Carter and two Racing 92 team-mates are said to be "disgusted and sickened" by leaks to a French newspaper that they returned positive doping samples after the Top 14 final last season.

All three fully expect to be exonerated by French Rugby Federation investigation into the claims, according to their club.

L'Equipe, the French sports newspaper, alleged that "traces of corticosteroids" were found in the urine samples produced by the former All Blacks fly-half and Racing team-mates Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff when they were tested by the French anti-doping agency after the fixture against Toulon in Barcelona in June.

It is understood that the French Anti-Doping Agency, which had special dispensation to carry out the tests as the final took place in Spain, took samples from every player from both the Racing and Toulon squads after the final, which the Paris club won 29-21 with Carter named man of the match.

The controversy took a fresh twist yesterday when Racing contradicted Carter's representatives, who had claimed that the player had been covered by a Therapeutic Use Exemption to allow for treatment with cortisone as he recovered from injury.

Agent Simon Porter said Racing's club doctor had filled in all the required documents.

Carter was receiving medication for a calf injury, Porter said, while Rokocoko was recovering from an ankle problem. Corticosteroids are used to help reduce inflammation.

Racing 92 claimed yesterday, however, that neither player had a TUE because the club believed it was not required as their treatment had been administered "several days" before the final.

The French club are adamant they have all medical records of the treatments, which they claim were administered out of competition and within international anti-doping rules.

Their claims are backed up by the fact that although the FRF has 40 days to investigate, none of the three players has been suspended, as they would be if it was suspected that they had committed a doping violation.

Carter is injured, but Imhoff and Rokocoko are both due to play for Racing in the Paris derby against Stade Francais today.

"All the medical acts carried out on the players cited by the media have been in total respect of national and international anti-doping rules, as well as in the sense of administrative and medical procedures," Racing said in a statement.

"It is treatment administered in an authorised manner, provided in response to proven pathologies, several days before the Top 14 final and not needing a TUE." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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