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The NRL has issued an Infraction Notice to Canberra Raiders winger Sandor Earl, who has accepted an immediate provisional suspension for breaches of the Leagues Anti-Doping Policy for use and trafficking of peptide CJC-1295.
At a snap press conference called by the NRL on Thursday afternoon, NRL CEO Dave Smith announced that following investigations and negotiations between ASADA and the player, Earl made an admission for the use and trafficking of the peptide.
He is the first player from the NRL or AFL to be charged this year.
The length of suspension is yet to be decided – Earl has 10-days to either elect to go to tribunal or accept a punishment from WADA.
Earl faces a two-year ban for use, and a possible four-year or even life ban for trafficking, depending on the nature and seriousness.
Under questioning, Smith stated he was unable to go into details around the time of use, nor the club that Earl was involved with at the time. Earl has played for the Roosters, Panthers and Raiders since 2009.
CJC-1295 is a growth hormone which originated from a Canadian bio-tech firm. CJC-1295 is not approved for human use, and is considered to be prohibited according to the WADA Prohibited List in the S2 category (Peptide hormones, growth factors and related substances)
The ASADA investigation continues, with more details to be unveiled as it continues.
NRL CEO Dave Smith’s full statement is below:
“Today’s development reinforces the position we have taken from the outset and highlights our resolve in dealing with what are serious issues.
“We continue to work with ASADA, the government authority in anti-doping, to get to the bottom of all allegations.
“We will act on evidence when it is fully available.
“Everyone should be in no doubt that ASADA is continuing its investigations and that we will continue to work closely with them.
“I stress that we do not have evidence at this stage that would warrant any further action against any individual or club.
“Our resolve on these issues remain clear.
“There is no place for drugs in our game and the sweeping actions we have taken in relation to new drug testing and the formation of the integrity unit this year underline our commitment in that area.
“The rights and welfare of the players also remains paramount and we continue to provide both welfare and legal support to them throughout this process.
“We want a safe environment for our players and that means a sport where there is no place for performance enhancing drugs and no place for people who take risks with the well-being of athletes.
“We remain committed to a drug free sport.”
The Canberra Raiders made the following statement:
“The Canberra Raiders have been made aware by the NRL of allegations made against one of their players Sandor Earl.
“The club understands the allegations made against Sandor Earl relate to a time prior to his arrival at the club,” Said Raiders CEO Don Furner.
The club has only learned about the allegations this afternoon and will wait to be fully briefed on the matter before making any further comment on the issue. ”
Earl tweeted the following just hours before the announcement:
— Sandor Earl (@sandorearl) August 29, 2013