|FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 file photo England's Martin Gleeson, second right, and Jamie Peacock, right, react after loosing the Rugby League World Cup semifinal game between New Zealand and England in Brisbane, Australia. Former Britain center Martin Gleeson was banned Thursday Dec. 29, 2011 for three years as part of a doping scandal at Hull FC rugby league team that has also seen two of the English rugby league club's former employers hit with lengthy suspensions. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard, File)|
3 banned in British rugby doping cover-up
LONDON—A prominent British rugby player and two club officials received bans totaling seven years on Thursday for their part in a landmark doping case.
Martin Gleeson, a former captain of England's national rugby league team, tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine after a club match in May and was originally given a two-year ban.
The 31-year-old Gleeson later admitted lying about the circumstances leading to his positive test, implicating the chief executive and conditioning coach of his Hull club at the time in a cover-up.
Gleeson received a three-year ban, half of which was suspended. The two officials were given two-year bans.
Gleeson has played in the Super League -- teams from England, Wales and France -- for the past decade. He last captained England in 2008.