The hearing related to an alleged refusal to submit a sample collection in May last year, however barrister Daniel Saoul successfully argued that Bailey bore 'no fault or negligence' due to a number of truly exceptional circumstances.
The Chairman of the Tribunal stated in the Judgment that: “Having heard Mr Bailey give evidence we do not for one moment think that he is a cheat or was trying to cover up drug taking. Indeed, we note that a few days later Mr Bailey did in fact undergo a drug test (which was negative) without any problem.”
Toronto Wolfpack Director of Rugby Brian Noble stated:“The correct verdict has been returned. On behalf of the Wolfpack I’d like to thank the Tribunal for their professionalism and time in dealing with this complex case.”
“As an organization we have a duty of care to Ryan both as a player and as an employee. It was important to support Ryan through this difficult personal process, and help him emerge with what we believe is a fair outcome.”