Ali Williams fined $2300 and to lose Racing 92 job over cocaine scandal - report

Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams has been in the spotlight in France for the wrong reasons.
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Former All Blacks lock Ali Williams has been in the spotlight in France for the wrong reasons.

Ali Williams has been fined €1500 (NZ$2300) by French rugby authorities for his part in a Paris cocaine scandal as his club Racing 92 reportedly launches job dismissal proceedings.

The latest developments come after former All Blacks lock Williams and Australian star James O'Connor fronted the Ligue Nationale de Rugby's discipline and rules commission.

They were found guilty of "behaviour likely to undermine the image and the reputation of rugby".

The pair will attend behavioural awareness training; 15 sessions with young professional players of the French Top 14 where Williams and O'Connor will talk about what happened so that others may learn from their mistakes.

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Williams was earlier this month fined €1500 (NZ$2300) by a French court for buying cocaine outside a Paris nightclub in February. 

French news sites were reporting the conviction would cost Williams his job at Racing 92. He had already lost his ambassador's role with the glamour Paris club and Les Echos was reporting a dismissal procedure had begun.

Williams came out of retirement to play for Racing after previously having played for fellow French Top 14 outfit Toulon.

This episode is likely to end the playing days of the 35-year-old Rugby World Cup winner.

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O'Connor is back playing with Toulon after being suspended in the immediate aftermath of his arrest.

His long-term future at Toulon has not been revealed.

 - Stuff

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