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NRL Player Sandor Earl Is First Player To Be Stood Down In ASADA Doping Investigation
Published August 30, 2013
SEEKING REDUCED PENALTY: In Sydney, Massoud & Hooper wrote Earl "threw himself at the mercy of ASADA after text messages from several mobile phones framed him for a network that distributed peptides and other prescription drugs." Earl faces a ban of four years to life, "but is striving to have the penalty reduced to 12 months after electing to stand down immediately and provide ASADA with extensive information about his activities" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 8/30). Also in Sydney, NRL COO Jim Doyle said that "Earl faced the possibility of a life ban from the game." Doyle: "It's clearly stipulated in the rules. From a use point of view it is two years and from a trafficking perspective it is four years to life. Obviously [the suspension] will be in line with the rules" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/30).