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Quins release player for failing drugs test
ESPN Staff
July 28, 2014

Harlequins have confirmed former England Under-18 hooker Harry Allen was sacked because of a drug-related incident.

Allen has been handed a one-year ban, with the start backdated to December 13 last year when his provisional suspension started, for an anti-doping violation.

"Allen was one of two Harlequins players selected for a doping control test conducted after the Northampton Wanderers v Harlequins Aviva 'A' League semi-final on 25 November 2013," the RFU disciplinary report explained. "The RFU was notified by the testing laboratory at King's College Drug Control Centre of an adverse analytical finding which highlighted the presence of Benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine and a non-specified stimulant."

Harlequins issued a brief statement. "[We do] not condone the taking of drugs and as such Harry was immediately released from his contract with the club. Due to personal extenuating circumstances surrounding the violation, the player was given the full support of the club following his release and Harlequins would like to thank all parties involved."

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