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Pharmacy mix-up leads Prop to receive ban

Ireland and Munster prop James Cronin has been banned for a one-month ban for an unintentional anti-doping violation.

The forward failed a doping test after Munster’s Champions Cup home game against Racing 92 in November 2019. He tested positive for prednisolone and prednisone.

Breach

A disciplinary ruling found that the breach was due to a dispensing error by the pharmacy. The ruling confirmed that there was a mix-up in a pharmacy which saw him receive medication intended for another customer.

The Judicial officer, however, went on to hand him a ban which will run from 15 April 2020 to 16 May 2020 stating that though he had no significant fault, he had to bear some responsibility.

“Prior to the match against Racing 92, Cronin had been unwell and had been prescribed antibiotics, however, the pharmacy dispensed medication to him which was intended for another customer,” read a statement from Davies.

James Cronin-Munster. Photo Courtesy/Sky Sports

“The judicial officer accepted evidence that the banned substances in the player’s sample were due to a dispensing error by the pharmacy and that the anti-doping violation was entirely unintentional.

“Although the judicial officer found that there was no significant fault on behalf of the player and that there were clear and compelling mitigating factors, he determined that the player had to bear some responsibility for what was in his sample.

“It was therefore decided that Cronin will be ineligible for a one-month period from 15 April 2020 until 16 May 2020.”

Challenging time

Munster chief executive Ian Flanagan said the situation had been “an extremely challenging time” for Cronin.

“Clearly the sanction is reflective of the strong mitigating factors in this case, and we look forward to James’ return to action,” added the Munster chief executive.

Like all sport, rugby union has been halted because of coronavirus and it is not clear when the game will resume.

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