RFL release Gleeson statement

Loverugbyleague.com have just received the following statement from the RFL in response to a tabloid story that has rocked the rugby league world in connection with banned player Martin Gleeson.

The response follows much criticism of the governing body on various social media sites and sets out their position.

The statement in full reads:

The RFL has today reaffirmed confidence in its actions during the recent doping investigation involving former Hull FC Chief Executive James Rule, former player Martin Gleeson and former conditioning coach Ben Cooper.

“We are clear that the governing body acted entirely appropriately throughout what was a long and complicated investigation involving UK Anti-Doping and a National Anti-Doping Panel,” said RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer.

“As part of their investigation, UK Anti-Doping received external legal advice which found that there was no evidence to suggest that anyone at the RFL was complicit in the giving of false evidence to the NADP, or knew at all that the evidence was false.  It found that there was no case for anyone at the RFL to answer.”

The RFL will be making no further comment at this time.

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