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Scotland's MacLeod cleared of doping

25/11/2008 06:50:01 AM Comments (0)

Scotland rugby lock forward Scott MacLeod has won his second doping case this year and is clear to play for his club and country.

MacLeod, who has played 21 times for Scotland, was first cleared in February when an independent judicial committee ruled he inadvertently took a prohibited asthma medication.

On Monday, another doping charge against him was dropped when investigators from UK Sport and an independent review panel accepted that his high levels of testosterone were triggered by alcohol after he had been out celebrating becoming a father.

MacLeod was suspended ahead of the recent series of internationals and he missed the chance to add to his 21 caps in games against New Zealand, South Africa and Canada.

"I am glad that this ordeal is finally over and look forward to resuming my playing career with Scarlets and Scotland," he said. "I never thought that an impromptu night out to celebrate the news that I was going to become a dad for the first time would lead to all this.

"Nevertheless, I feel very frustrated that my sample was not tested for alcohol at an earlier stage of these proceedings. Given the severity of the charge that I was facing, I would have expected that the alcohol test should have been performed as a matter of routine."

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