All Black Williams fined over cocaine

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:25
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UPDATE: All Black Ali Williams was fined by the French league's disciplinary commission on Thursday over his cocaine arrest with Australian star James O'Connor.

Williams was fined €1 500 (US$1600).

He was sanctioned for "behaviour damaging the image and reputation of rugby, ethics and sports ethics", the French league said in a statement.

Both Williams and O'Connor, who escaped a fine,  were ordered to take part in an educational programme for younger players.

The duo were arrested after a police drug bust outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees in February. They were both fined by police - Williams for buying cocaine and O'Connor for using it.

The 35-year-old lock Williams was in the process of being fired by French Top 14 champions Racing 92 and O'Connor, 26, recently returned to Toulon following suspension.

Agence France-Presse