An amateur rugby league player has been handed a two year suspension by The Sports Tribunal after purchasing clenbuterol online.

Hayden Blackley, who played club rugby league in Christchurch, was provisionally suspended without opposition on October 15. He promptly admitted purchasing the product to aid weight loss but said he did not use it.

Blackley said he did not know what clenbuterol was nor was he aware that it was a prohibited substance under the Sports Anti-Doping Rules.

The period of two years ineligibility has been backdated by 12 months due to Blackley's timely admission and for DFSNZ's investigation delays.