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Carter unsurprised as Racing players cleared of doping

Dan Carter is not suprised the French Rugby Federation (FFR) has cleared him and Racing 92 team-mates Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff of doping allegations.

French newspaper L'Equipe this month claimed the former All Blacks pair and Argentina international had returned samples containing corticosteroids ahead of June's 29-21 Top 14 final victory over Toulon.

The trio received the backing of Racing, who insisted anti-doping protocols had been followed with regards to their treatment in the build up to the fixture.

However, the players will not face any repurcussions following an investigation by the medical commission of the FFR.

"The medical commission of the FFR has removed the doubts that were hanging over the medical practices of Racing 92," a club statement read. "Racing 92 and its players have been cleared of suspicion."

Carter was pleased with the outcome, insisting he would never act in a way that could sully the image of the sport.

In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "I just received the ruling from the FFR today. No surprises that the FFR's ruling was that I'd done nothing wrong.

 

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"I hold my integrity and the game of rugby's integrity in the highest regard. I love this game and owe so much to rugby that I would never do anything intentionally to bring it into disrepute.

"I appreciate all of the support I have had, it means a lot to me and my family.

"Whilst this whole episode is disappointing and frustrating, I support the authorities who work hard to ensure our game is played fairly.

"I am glad that we can now put all this behind us so I can now concentrate on playing rugby!"