Protecting the Right to Participate in Clean Sport


Rugby Union player banned for three years and nine months

Andrew Acton of Marr Rugby Football Club has been suspended from all sport for a period of three years and nine months following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

Mr Acton tested positive for the presence of prohibited substance stanozolol-N-glucuronide, a metabolite of stanozolol, during an out-of-competition test at a Marr RFC training session on 10 August 2017. Stanozolol is named on the 2017 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and is banned at all times.

Mr Acton was charged with, and admitted to, the ADRV in violation of World Rugby Anti-Doping Regulation 21.2.1. - “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in a Player’s Sample.”

Pat Myhill, UKAD’s Director of Operations, said: “All athletes at any level should familiarise themselves with the WADA Prohibited List and ensure they do not put themselves in a position where they may breach anti-doping regulations.”

The period of ineligibility shall apply from the date of the provisional suspension (8 September 2017) until midnight on 7 June 2021.

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