All Black Ali Williams and Australian international James O’Connor were arrested in Paris
They were in possession of cocaine, police said
The pair currently play for French clubs Racing 92 and Toulon respectively
Ali Williams (Racing 92) and James O’Connor (Toulon) were both arrested for allegedly trying to buy cocaine in Paris on Friday night, according to reports.
LCI.fr report that the pair were spotted trying to allegedly buy cocaine by plain-clothes police officers in the early hours of Saturday morning outside a nightclub near the Place Charles de Gaulle around 03:00.
Racing released a statement saying Williams had been suspended indefinitely but Toulon said they would wait before deciding whether to discipline O’Connor.
According to police the two men were arrested while in the act of buying cocaine from two suspected drug dealers. Plain clothes officers saw Williams in a car with the two suspects while O’Connor was outside and appeared to be acting as a lookout, police said.
When they were challenged, Williams attempted to get rid of the cocaine by throwing it away, added the police source who said the two players had clearly been drinking.
The two players are being held at a police station in the 17th district. The suspected drug dealers were also detained and police said 180 euros ($190) had changed hands in the transaction.
– ‘Serious fault’ –
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal told AFP “no decision would be taken” until he had spoken to O’Connor.
“I won’t speak to him on Saturday. It does seem as though there has been wrongdoing,” Boudjellal said.
“But even when you kill someone you still have a hearing first. That is how it must be.”
In contrast, Racing 92 said that Williams had been suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of the police investigatio