In their latest release of leaked documents the Russian hacker group Fancy Bears have revealed that Dirk Kuyt, amongst other World Cup stars, was cleared to use banned substances (therapeutic use exemption) during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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The former Liverpool winger, who has recently retired, was shown to have used dexamethasone, ostensibly due to stop the Dutchman suffering with teeth problems. And while there is no suggestion that anyone involved has broken the rules, the report may ignite interest in clean sport and doping in a game that has failed to effectively open a dialogue on the subject .

A Therapeutic Use Exemption permits athletes to take certain substances that are normally banned by the sport’s governing body; and the World anti-doping agency as well as the UK anti-doping agency maintain that stiff laws are in place to prevent any abuse of the system.

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