Dan Carter confirms name cleared in anti-doping probe: 'I hold my integrity and rugby's integrity in the highest regard'




Dan Carter has confirmed overnight he has been cleared of an any wrongdoing by the French Rugby Federation in its anti-doping investigation.

The former All Blacks vehemently deny any wrongdoing.
Source: Breakfast

The former All Black took to social media to confirm rumours he'd done nothing wrong after French magazine L'Equipe reported earlier in the day Carter had been informed that he, along with team-mates Joe Rokocoko and former Argentina international Juan Imhoff, would not be charged.

The three were reported as having tested positive for traces of corticosteroids in random testing conducted on the evening of the French Top 14 Final in June earlier this year where Carter's club Racing 92 defeating Toulon 29-21.

L'Equipe first reported the alleged positive result for corticosteroids, which can be used against pain, inflammation and allergies, on October 7. 

But Carter says L'Equipe's latest report stating he'd found out on Saturday wasn't true as he was only informed yesterday.

"I just received the ruling from the FFR today," he said.

"No surprises that the FFR's (French Rugby Federation) ruling was that I'd done nothing wrong. I hold my integrity and the game of rugby's integrity in the highest regard.

"I love this game and owe so much to rugby that I would never do anything intentionally to bring it into disrepute."

L'Equipe also reported yesterday Rokocoko and Imhoff "will probably have been informed of the same outcome", but neither Carter or the two players in question have said anything on the issue.

The Racing 92 star has dined at the Eiffel Tower and attended Paris Fashion Week in his short stay already.
Source: 1 NEWS

'I am glad we can now put all this behind us'

Corticosteroids are illegal in professional sport when taken orally or injected unless the athlete has a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) that states otherwise.

The club released a statement following the initial claims saying the treatments did not require a TUE.

"All medical procedures performed on players cited by the media have been in the full respect of national and international anti-doping rules," the translated statement said.

"This is treatment by authoritative voice, provided in response to proven pathologies, several days before the final Top 14 and not requiring a TUE."

Carter says he hopes to put the entire saga behind him quickly.

"Whilst this whole episode is disappointing and frustrating, I support the authorities who work hard to ensure our game is played fairly," he said.

"I am glad that we can now put all this behind us so I can now concentrate on playing rugby."

Racing next take Bayone on October 29 NZT.

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