Trafficking in steroids: a bridge too far

Thursday, 20 December 2012 By Chris O'Gorman

On the 26th September 2012 United Kingdom Anti-Doping (UKAD) imposed a 4 year period of ineligibility on the rugby league player, Terry Bridge1, effectively concluding a significant multi-agency investigation into the activities of a gang set up to supply steroids in the Lancashire heartland of Rugby League. That investigation, involving UKAD, Merseyside Police and the Serious Organised Crime Agency, led to convictions and sentences of imprisonment for the five men involved, and the first two bans imposed by UKAD on athletes for trafficking violations.

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Chris O'Gorman

Chris is a barrister of over 20 years call practising from Cornwall Street Chambers in Birmingham, and is a member of the Chambers criminal and regulatory teams. He specialises in criminal law and regulatory aspects of sports law, and is currently researching his dissertation on legal issues arising from the Rugby League Superleague, part of his LLM in Sports Law and Practice at De Montfort University, Leicester.

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