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French rugby club to fire ex-All Black Williams over Paris cocaine bust

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French rugby club to fire ex-All Black Williams over Paris cocaine bust
All Black star Ali Williams and fellow Racing 92 player Dan Carter. AFP
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French rugby club Racing 92 says it will fire ex-All Black star Ali Williams after he was caught buying cocaine in Paris.

France's Racing 92 club will fire former All Black Ali Williams, who was arrested in Paris last month in possession of
cocaine, the Top 14 champions said Friday.

"Unfortunately, Ali Williams will soon be dismissed," the club's president, Jacky Lorenzetti, told the Midi Olympique newspaper published Friday. The club confirmed the information to AFP.

French rugby's governing body the LNR has already opened disciplinary proceedings against former Ali Williams and Australian international James O'Connor after both were busted with cocaine in Paris.

The 35-year-old Williams has been charged by French police with buying cocaine, and Toulon's O'Connor, 26, with possession of the drug.

"The president of the LNR has approached the League's disciplinary commission to initiate proceedings against the two players," the French National Rugby League (LNR) said in a statement earlier this month.

"Ali Williams and James O'Connor will be called before the Commission at a date which will be communicated later," it added.

The pair were arrested at 3am on Saturday, February 25 outside a nightclub near the Champs Elysees in possession of 2.4 grams (0.08 ounces) of the substance.

Both have been suspended by their clubs.

The cocaine bust brought shame to Racing 92 only a few days after another of its players, the New Zealand legend Dan Carter was caught drink driving in Paris.

Carter apologised for a "massive error in judgement" after French police stopped him.

The two-time World Cup winner said there were no excuses for his behaviour and he was grateful no one was hurt.
   
"I made a massive error of judgment and have let down my club, my fans and most importantly my family," the 34-year-old posted on Facebook.
   
"I will have to now let the police/court process run its course and face the consequences. I am just glad no one was harmed. Sorry."

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