Former Canberra Raiders and Penrith Panthers winger Sandor Earl has had a four year ban handed down to him by an Anti-Doping tribunal earlier today, after he was found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs.
Earl, who played 29 games for Canberra, 16 for Penrith, and 3 for the Sydney Roosters, was found guilty of using the drugs to treat a shoulder injury during the 2011 season.
Earl admitted his usage of the substances, and was subsequently stood down on August 29th, 2013. The four year ban prohibits Earl from playing in the NRL, or in any form of the competitive sport, until August 2017.
The tribunal, chaired by former High Court judge Ian Callinan, found Earl guilty on a raft of charges, including:
- Eight counts of using of growth hormone CJC-1295.
- Possession of CJC-1295.
- Trafficking of growth hormone somatropin.
- Trafficking of weight-loss PED Clenbuterol.
- Attempted trafficking of hormone replacement drug SARMS.
- Attempted trafficking of testosterone.
Since being stood down by the Raiders over the issue, Earl has been living in Thailand.
At 26 years old, and having not played in 2 years, the ban effectively puts an end to his professional league-playing career.
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