UK Anti-Doping have given their backing to the Rugby Football League in the Martin Gleeson drugs case.
The former Huddersfield centre, suspended for 18 months after testing positive for a banned substance, alleged the RFL had taken part in a cover-up and that he has been made a scapegoat.
Former Giants coach Ben Cooper was also banned for his part in the scandal. Both he and Gleeson were at Hull.
But UK Anti-Doping last night issued a statement saying: “UK Anti-Doping conducted full and extensive investigations which led to three individuals receiving bans totalling seven years.
“This was the first time that any member of an athlete’s entourage has been banned in this country and the first time globally that tampering with the doping control process in this manner has resulted in a violation.
“We sought external legal advice to independently review all possible charges during this process. Throughout our investigations, when approximately 250 hours of UK Anti-Doping staff time was spent on this case, we received support from Hull RLFC and the RFL.”
Two former Hull employees, chief executive James Rule and fitness conditioner Cooper, have been suspended for their part in a cover-up.