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AFL allowed to notify clubs identified in ACC investigation

Posted by: 3AW News | 11 February, 2013 - 7:16 AM
Drugs in Sport

The second AFL club suspected of being involved in doping could be revealed within days.

The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) has given permission for both the AFL and NRL to notify those clubs who have been identified in their investigation.

Essendon has already been named as one club but the AFL had been previously banned from naming the other club where just one player is under a cloud.

Once notified the club may choose whether or not to make it public.

AFL deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan admitted the players might've been injected without their knowledge or consent.

McLachlan said the Essendon players under investigation may not have had any idea what was in the stomach injections, administered by a sports scientist.

Former sports lawyer Darren Boyd says if the players can prove that they had no knowledge, it may work in their favour and they could escape sanction.

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The Age reports there is growing pressure on James Hird to stand down as coach at Essendon in the wake of the issue.

In a front page editorial, Caroline Wilson argues his position is untenable in light of the Crime Commission inquiry into the clubs activities.

She says the fact Hird stood alongside his players, as they signed consent forms for stomach injections but the club then admitted they couldn't be certain what was being injected, is grounds for his dismissal.

Meanwhile, the man at the centre of the sport doping scandal has launched a $10-million case for defamation.

Stephen Dank claims he's been falsely accused of selling illegal drugs to sports people as well as having links to organised crime.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • Afl ceo Andrew Demetriou its time for you to leave afl behind, seen as all the going on's have been on your watch let some one from outside afl who has a big broom and balls take the rest of the trash out shame on you Andrew Demetriou .

    stuart Sunday 24 February, 2013 - 3:46 PM
  • Bring back sam newmans caro cardboard cut out that made more sense than wilson

    barry Tuesday 12 February, 2013 - 6:27 PM
  • Stick the whole AFL wont be going to any game anymore any body who supports the afl have got rocks in their head at least the harness racing is fair dinkum LOL

    barry Tuesday 12 February, 2013 - 6:24 PM
  • Matt, aka Troll has a deep seated hatred of Australians and all things Australian. Racism runs deep through his viens and controlls his life. He just has never gotten over the fact that his girlfriend found him disgusting and left him for a footballer and a person who loves thier country.

    Denise Tuesday 12 February, 2013 - 10:26 AM
  • @Jake, I tried I get into Aussie Ball by watching some replays on Foxtel yesterday but my wife is furious.... I started by binge drinking, then urinated all over my couch, I called some teammates over because you can't do things without the boys, we were being a bit loud & my wife came into the room to complain so me & 2 of my teammates raped her, the others watched some were disgusted but didn't say anything because you can't do anything that would see you ostracised from the boys, then as the game went into the last half we got on the recreational drugs, to keep our weight down, then someone gave me an injection, not sure what it was but didn't want to ask because none of the other boys were asking. My wife is holding a information evening tonight for all the parents of my teammates that were there. What should I do? Any more good advice?

    Matt - proudly Un-Australian Tuesday 12 February, 2013 - 10:17 AM
  • @Jake Monday 2.22pm, I'm in love with you, great work!

    Gloss Tuesday 12 February, 2013 - 9:50 AM

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