Tom Boonen Tour of Qatar st4

Belgian magistrates have confirmed that they will make a decision on January 6 if former world champion and classics winner Tom Boonen is to face criminal charges for using cocaine following his positive anti-doping test for the drug last summer.

Under Belgian law cocaine use is a criminal offence and according to reports in the Belgian press, 28 year-old Boonen could in theory face a prison sentence of between three months and five years and a fine of between 1000 and 100,000 Euro. Because it is his first offence, it is likely Boonen will face a fine and perhaps have to do some kind of social work.

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