Press releases 6th July 2020

Welsh Rugby Union player Patton banned for four years

Welsh Rugby Union player Jesse Patton has been suspended from all sport for a period of four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). UKAD collected an Out-of-Competition urine Sample from Mr Patton on 24 September 2019 at a training session at his club, Ystalyfera RFC. Analysis of Mr Patton’s Sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for five metabolites of metandienone.

Metandienone is classified as an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid under section S1.1(a) of the WADA 2019 Prohibited List. It is a non-Specified Substance and is prohibited at all times. Mr Patton was charged with violating Anti-Doping Rule Article 2.1 – “Presence of a Prohibited Substance or its Metabolites or Markers in an Athlete’s Sample”.

Mr Patton was not able to establish how the five metabolites of metandienone entered his system and as a consequence could not establish that his ADRV was not “intentional”, as required to do so by the Anti-Doping Rules. The National Anti-Doping Panel (NADP), a tribunal independent from UKAD, therefore concluded that a four-year ban must be imposed.

Stacey Cross, UKAD Deputy Director of Legal and Regulatory Affairs said: “Our message to athletes is clear. Steroids and other prohibited substances have no place in sport. If you take the risk, you could be facing a ban from sport as a result.” Mr Patton’s four-year period of Ineligibility started on 8 November 2019, the date he was provisionally suspended and will run until midnight on 7 November 2023.

• This media release was published by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) on 6 July 2020. Click here for the original, and click here for the Full Decision.

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