French fuel New Zealand 'doping' row
NARBONNE, France, Oct 1 (AFP) - French officials have questioned the decision to let New Zealand World Cup squad member Anton Oliver off with a warning after he failed a doping test.
The 24-year-old Otago hooker, who tested positive for pseudoephedrine, was severely reprimanded by a three-man World Cup judicial committee, but escaped formal punishment. The committee accepted the explanation that the failed test was caused by the player taking an excessive amount of a remedy for an inner ear infection.
"That there was only a warning has surprised me," said French coach Jean Claude Skrela, while French manager Joe Maso plans to meet World Cup director Marcel Martin.
Oliver said it had all been a mistake.
"I was shocked and appalled when I found out there was an issue regarding the medication I had been taking for my sinus and ear infection," he said on Thursday.
"It is a real lesson to players that you have to be extremely careful about taking any medication exactly as prescribed."