French club Racing 92 has issued a statement in repsonse to reports that three of their players tested positive after the Top 14 Final.
Dan Carter, Joe Rokocoko and Juan Imhoff allegedly all returned urine tests containing traces of corticosteroids.
Carter and Rokocoko's manager at Essentially Group, Simon Porter, has insisted that the players had Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).
However, while a statement from the club on Friday denied any wrongdoing, it also suggested that the player did not have TUEs.
Corticosteroids are commonly found in anti-inflammatory medication. Their use is allowed out of competition without a TUE.
Racing 92 statement:
"1 "We understand the stir caused by the word 'steroid'. This word has strong emotional resonance because it may correspond to immoral and illegal behavior. It can also correspond to known, legal practices that are justified by medicine.
Its use in public should be controlled, and come with immense precaution as the damage may also leave traces if the subject was classified.
2 Racing 92 wants to affirm with the greatest force its ethics, its sporting practice, have nothing to do with illegal practices. We are on the side of law, ethics and love of the values of a clean sport. We do not shape players, we shape men. Health and morality are two essential requirements.
3 All medical procedures performed on players cited by the media have been in the full respect of national and international anti-doping rules, both in terms on administrative and medical levels. These are treatment administered by a qualified channel, provided in response to proven pathologies, several days before the final Top 14 and not requiring a TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemption).
Racing 92 commits to collaborating with all relevant medical investigative authorities to calm the debate subsides and so that full understanding is brought to the knowledge of all.
All medical procedures are clear.
Transparency will be total.
We are with those who are fighting for a clean and respectful sport. Juan Imhoff, Joe Rokococo and Dan Carter are everyday examples of behavior, generosity and ethics."