Paris - Former
All Black great Dan Carter has been cleared of doping following a probe
implicating the star flyhalf and two other Racing 92 players, L'Equipe
sports paper said on Monday.
Carter "has been cleared and was notified on Saturday, "following an
investigation by the medical commission of the French Rugby Federation,
the newspaper said.
Carter along with fellow former All Black Joe Rokocoko and
Argentinian wing Juan Imhoff were questioned by the commission last
week after testing positive for corticosteroids following last season's
Top 14 final in which Racing beat Toulon 29-21.
L'Equipe said that Rokocoko and Imhoff "will probably have been informed of the same outcome".
However, Racing said on Monday neither the players nor the club had been informed of any decision as yet.
The commission ruling is subject to appeal by the players or the
French anti-doping agency AFLD which ordered the original tests in which
traces were found of corticosteroids, which can be used against pain,
inflammation or allergies.
The substance is illegal when taken orally or injected in either the
blood or muscle, unless accompanied by a Therapeutic Use Exemption
Racing has denied all wrongdoing, saying the substance was
administered by an "authorised method" several days before the Top 14
final and there was no need for a TUE.