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A no fault finding for refusing a random drugs test: The exceptional case of UKAD v Ryan Bailey

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 By Michael Forrester, David Seligman

On 30 May 2017, two representatives from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) attended upon the Lamport Stadium in Toronto where Toronto Wolfpack R.L.F.C (Toronto Wolfpack) were training. Toronto Wolfpack are the world’s first transatlantic sports team and play games in both England and Canada (hence the involvement of UKAD).

The events that followed are truly exceptional and resulted in Rugby League player, Ryan Bailey, was found to have bore “No Fault or Negligence” in refusing/failing to submit drug sample collection.

This article offers a review of the case. It should be disclosed at the outset that the authors acted on the case are the solicitors for the Club and Ryan Bailey.

A copy of the decision is available here.1

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Michael Forrester

Michael Forrester

Michael is a Senior Associate and head of the Brandsmiths Manchester office.

David Seligman

David Seligman

David is an Associate at Brandsmiths, his practice focuses on Sports Law with a strong emphasis on football matters.

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