7 Jun, 15:39
ERC can confirm that the Federation Française de Rugby (FFR) has withdrawn its application to host the 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals, due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the availability of the Stade de France.
A random test taken on Dinamo Bucuresti player Mihai Ravariu after a PARKER PEN CHALLENGE CUP Round 1 match between Dinamo Bucuresti and Saracens on 12 October 2002 subsequently tested positive for human chorionic gonadotrophin - a testosterone stimulant - which is a prohibited substance on the IOC List of Prohibited Substances.
On 22 November 2002 ERC's Anti-Doping Officer, Roger O'Connor, formally charged Mr Ravariu with a doping offence under the terms of the ERC Anti-Doping Programme 2002/03. In accordance with the terms of the Programme, Mr Ravariu was immediately provisionally suspended from playing rugby union pending a full hearing of the charge.
At a hearing held on Monday, 3 March 2003, an Anti-Doping Tribunal (Professor Lorne Crerar, chair, Dr Barry O'Driscoll and Brian McLoughlin) convened under the auspices of the ERC Anti-Doping Programme 2002/03 upheld the charge, and as a sanction suspended Mr Ravariu from participation in the sport of rugby union for two years, from 3 March 2003 to 2 March 2005.
Mr Ravariu has been advised of his right to appeal against that decision, in accordance with the terms of the Programme.