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Toulon owner recacts quickly to dismiss doping claims

By Staff Reporter

Published 09/09/2015

Ireland's Paul O'Connell recently joined Toulon
Ireland's Paul O'Connell recently joined Toulon

Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal has angrily denied allegations of doping made against the triple European champions.

Marseille prosecutors have launched an investigation into several pharmacies in Toulon after notification from France's anti-doping authority Agence Francaise de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFDL).

Reports in France alleged Toulon players had been supplied with anabolic steroids but Boudjellal moved quickly to deny those claims.

The billionaire comic book magnate insists the investigation is solely centred around social security fraud and one pharmacist, not Toulon.

"No player is concerned in this affair, it's totally unfounded information," Boudjella said. "This is related to a social security fraud; that concerns the pharmacist not RCT."

Toulon have swept to an unprecedented three straight European titles, with England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson integral in the first two before retiring.

Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny is among their superstar ranks, with Ireland captain Paul O'Connell recently joining from Munster.

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