Former Hull trio hit with drug bans

 

Former Hull centre Martin Gleeson, chief executive James Rule and
conditioner Ben Cooper have been banned for breaching anti-doping rules.

UK Anti-Doping today revealed Gleeson, 31, tested positive for a prohibited substance in May and had accepted a three-year ban, half of which will be suspended.

Rule and Cooper were found to have conspired with Gleeson to cover up the circumstances surrounding the positive test and have also been punished. Rule has been suspended for two years and Cooper for two with one suspended.

All three men have left Hull since the offence took place.

A statement from UKAD, who administer drugs tests on behalf of the Rugby Football League, read: "Mr Gleeson agreed to a three-year ban being imposed by the National Anti-Doping Panel, with half that ban suspended in recognition of his providing assistance to UK Anti-Doping.

"Mr Cooper agreed to a two-year ban, with half also suspended.

"Mr Rule did not contest the charge made against him by UK Anti-Doping, and has been banned for two years by the National Anti-Doping Panel."

The statement casts further light on Gleeson's brief stint at the KC Stadium.

The former Great Britain international joined Hull on an 18-month deal after being released by Wigan in April but made just seven Super League appearances.

He played his last game against Harlequins on June 12 having tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine after a game against Salford on May 13.

His subsequent absences from the team were attributed to a stress-related illness and the player's contract was later terminated in September.

His ban will be backdated to June 2011 but will not expire until November next year and leaves him facing an uncertain future in the game.

Gleeson has been one of the country's best three-quarters during a career which has also included spells at Huddersfield, St Helens and Warrington.

However, he has also been involved in controversy and was banned for his part in a betting scandal in 2004 and dropped by Wigan for disciplinary reasons last year.

UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: "This case marks two firsts for the anti-doping community.

"It is the first time that tampering with the doping control process in this manner has resulted in a violation, and the first time that members of an athlete's entourage have been convicted of anti-doping rule violations in the UK.

"In a hearing before the National Anti-Doping Panel, athletes and their entourage are obliged to tell the truth, or the system will fail, and this case makes clear the penalties for not doing so.

"Once again, this highlights to the sporting community that UK Anti-Doping will aggressively pursue all types of anti-doping rule violation.

"While all eyes are on the London Games this year, we continue to work on behalf of clean athletes in every sport.

"I would like to thank the RFL for their support and assistance throughout this process which has reinforced rugby league's ongoing commitment to tackling the issue of doping in sport."

The RFL believe the case highlights their strong anti-drugs policy.

Chief executive Nigel Wood said: "Such behaviour is unacceptable and this case has brought the sport of rugby league into disrepute.

"We must applaud UK Anti-Doping for the hours of work they have put in to conduct a detailed and extensive investigation.

"We have assisted UK Anti-Doping throughout their investigation and these results show that doping of any kind will not be tolerated in our sport."

Hull have not yet commented on the issue.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links