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13th September 2015
Rugby league club Catalans Dragons are considering appealing, after the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) was successful in its appeal against a decision to reduce Tony Gigot’s ban from two years to three months. It is understood that the AFLD appealed against the French rugby league federation’s (FFR XIII) April decision to reduce the ban, imposed for ‘inappropriate behaviour’ towards an anti-doping official.
“The club is shocked by this decision”, said Catalans Dragons Chairman Bernard Guasch in a statement. “Tony Gigot underwent three anti-doping tests in six months and all of them were negative. The club will continue to support and protect Tony in this tough period. Our lawyer is studying the possibility of appealing this decision.” Unless any club appeal is successful, Dragons player Gigot will be subject to a two-year ban.