A rugby union coach has been suspended for eight years following an anti-doping rule violation.
Surrey age grade team manager (15s-18s) Clive Peters is banned from 30 November 2012 until 29 November 2020 having been found guilty of possession and trafficking multiple prohibited substances by the Rugby Football Union.
The charges arose following an investigation into Peters by Gwent Police. The criminal investigation did not result in a conviction.
RFU Anti-Doping and Illicit Drugs Programme Manager Stephen Watkins said: “Through our strong relationship with UK Anti-Doping and Surrey Rugby we were able to prosecute and prove charges against a man posing a significant risk to rugby.
“By pursuing the suppliers and importers of performance-enhancing substances, like steroids in this case, we stand a greater chance of protecting clean players and the integrity of our sport. This case should serve as a warning to others that the RFU, with its partners, will not tolerate rugby being linked with drugs in anyway and will pursue all alleged violations.”
After a thorough investigation by Gwent Police, UK Anti-Doping, the RFU, and Surrey Rugby, it was determined that Peters had not distributed or attempted to distribute or administer prohibited substances to any rugby players he was involved with coaching.
UK Anti-Doping Director of Legal Graham Arthur said: “Law enforcement has again played an integral role in the pursuit of clean sport. Without the assistance of Gwent Police, we would not have been provided with the necessary information to pursue an anti-doping rule violation.
“Clive Peters held an influential position coaching young players and the anti-doping rules recognise that the possession and trafficking of performance enhancing substances are serious offences, placing particular importance on the need to protect young and vulnerable athlete groups.”
The written decision is available in Current Violations.