Posted: 13 October, 2016
NRL Release Statement About Final 2011 Cronulla Doping Sanctions
The peptide scandal that rocked Cronulla is officially over, with the NRL today confirming that the 'Cronulla five' have resolved their cases with the NRL and have received backdated sanctions.
Paul Aiton, Colin Best, Stuart Flanagan, Ben Pomeroy and John Williams received reduced sentences of 12 months after it was found that they "bore no significant fault in the breaches".
According to the Australian, all five players have now pleaded guilty to taking a banned peptide during the Dank era in 2011 at Cronulla.
The hold-up in the situation was due to conjecture surrounding the sanctions to be imposed on the players.
Williams, Pomeroy and Best accepted the ASADA-approved deal, while Aiton and Flanagan disputed the length of the punishment and appealed to the NRL anti-doping tribunal to receive the same sanction as Paul Gallen and his 11 teammates (one-year ban, backdated nine months for the unreasonable delay in prosecuting the case).
These are the last sanctions to be dished out over the 2011 breaches.
The NRL today confirmed that five former Cronulla Sharks players have received sanctions for breaches of the game’s anti-doping rules during the 2011 Season.
The former players – Paul Aiton, Colin Best, Stuart Flanagan, Ben Pomeroy and John Williams - received reduced suspensions of 12 months on the basis that they bore no significant fault in the breaches.
The suspension of each former player was also backdated for a period between six and nine months owing to the length of the investigation and each has now expired.
The sanctions are the last to be imposed arising from the investigation of breaches of the anti-doping rules during the 2011 season which saw a total of 17 players sanctioned.