Essendon’s drug scandal: The verdictRolling coverage
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Jobe Watson the captain of the Bombers, flanked by his team mates talk aftrer the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal announced that 34 past and present Essendon Bombers AFL players have been found not guilty of taking a banned substance. Pic: Quinn Roone, Getty ImagesBackground:Your Guide to the Essendon saga
NOT GUILTYThe AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal has found all 34 current and former Essendon playersnot guilty of taking a banned substance.
The AFL’s anti-doping tribunal case involving Essendon, the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authoritybegan in December last year and concluded on February 17.
Essendon’s drug scandal: The verdict | Rolling coverage Jobe Watson on Tuesday afternoon. Pic: Quinn Rooney, Getty Images
Jobe Watson and Essendon players front the media. Pic: Quinn Rooney, Getty Images
Kicking the footy at Essendon on Tuesday. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
Bombers head coach James Hird drives into the Essendon Bombers headquarters after Essendon players were found not guilty from the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal today from the investigation into alleged use of banned substances. Pic: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
Dyson Heppell arrives at Essendon on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
“Well, we’re very pleased and we all had a very fair hearing and we’re happy with the result obviously,” said David Grace QC.
Mark Harvey and Mark Neeld arrive at Essendon on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
Mark Harvey arrives at Essendon on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
Paul Chapman arrives at Essendon on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
D-Day: The comings and goings at Essendon on Tuesday morning. Photo: Michael Dodge, Getty Images
TweetFacebook4:25pm:Essendon CEO Paul Little and coach James Hird will speak at Tullamarine at 5:30pm.
4:06pm:The Western Bulldogs have rekeased a statement following the verdict:
“The Western Bulldogs welcome the verdict handed by the AFL anti-doping tribunal today.”
“The Club is proud of how the Club and its affected staff have worked together to achieve a just outcome for them.”
3.55pm:Full statement from Paul Marsh
“The AFL Players’ Association welcomes today’s tribunal decision, in which all 34 current and former Essendon players have been cleared of an anti-doping rule violation.
We have always been of the view that these players have done nothing wrong and this has been confirmed by the Tribunal today.
This decision does not absolve the Essendon Football Club of blame. Players were placed in an unacceptable position that put their health and careers at risk.
For over two years these players’ lives have been hijacked by this issue through no fault of their own, and today’s decision brings a sense of overwhelming relief and vindication of the players’ consistent position of innocence throughout this saga
The players have withstood enormous uncertainty, public scrutiny and speculation over their health, their careers, and their reputations. This decision finally brings that uncertainty and speculation to an end.
I would like to commend the players for the way in which they have conducted themselves over the past two years. Players have honestly, candidly and transparently cooperated with the process and can hold their heads high that this decision has cleared them of any wrong doing.
We are relieved this matter is now closed and we, as an industry, can get on with the footy. We believe this matter provides an opportunity for genuine industry reflection to ensure this type of situation never happens again.
The PA will continue to work with the AFL and Clubs to do everything we can to make sure no player’s health is ever put at risk again in the pursuit of on-field success.”
“This decision does not absolve the Essendon Football Club of blame.” – @Marsh_Paulhttp://t.co/expdwcYGDv
— AFL Players (@AFLPlayers) March 31, 20152.43pm:ASADA boss Ben McDevitt: “What happened at Essendon in 2012 was, in my opinion, absolutely and utterly disgraceful.It was not a supplements program but an injection regime and the players and the fans were so poorly let down by the club.”
2:38pm:The World Anti-Doping Agency has 21 days to appeal.
“The World Anti-Doping Agency’s director-general says he will review the “entire” Essendon drugs investigation and has also declared his plans to discuss “all elements” of the affair directly with the Australian government, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.”
I’ve been as bitchy and scathing as anyone but good luck to the @EssendonFC players. Hope decision stands. Nightmare over.
— Tony Wilson (@byTonyWilson) March 31, 20152:32pm:ASADA will conduct a press conference on Wednesday at 11amin Canberra.
2.29pm: From the Bombers’ chief executive:
I am so proud of our players
— Xavier Campbell (@XCampbell79) March 31, 20152:13pm:Expect a massive betting plunge on the Bombers this week now with their stars free to play.
2.07pm:The AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal has found all 34 current and former Essendon players not guilty of taking a banned substance.
No decsision yet on Stephen Dank.
2:01pm:Fair to say the football world is holding its collective breath at the moment.
1:52pm:So many parties with so much at stake today:
The 34 playersStephen DankJames HirdEssendonThe AFLASADAThe AFLPAWADAWestern Bulldogs and Port AdelaideOther AFL clubsState league clubsTop-up playersLawyersSupportersMediaHave we missed anyone?
1:41pm:James Hird remains, quite literally, the last man standing from the so-called coaching ‘dream team’ that came together during the latter stages of 2010. This occurred after an inner-sanctum of Bombers inspired by Mark Thompson and encouraged by Tim Watson began plotting the rebuilding of the Essendon Football Club.
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