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    Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Disruptive Trolling on Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:15 am

    THIRTY-FOUR past and present Essendon players have been found guilty for their part in the club’s 2012 supplements program.
    The Court of Arbitration for Sport overruled the not-guilty verdict handed down by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal upon appeal from WADA.
    The 12 players who remain at Essendon and five players who have moved to other clubs will miss the 2016 season.
    “Regrettably we can confirm the Court of Arbitration for Sport has found 34 past and present players guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation,” a club statement read.
    “As a result, the players - including 12 currently listed with Essendon - have been suspended for the 2016 season. The club is currently digesting the decision and we will provide a further update later today.”
    This ban will also impact former players who holding coaching positions or playing at local level.
    Jobe Watson and Dustin Fletcher (now retired) may be given slightly longer suspensions given their involvement in the 2014 International Rules series.



    The three-member panel did not grant the players a discount for no significant fault or negligence that would allow a discount on a guilty verdict.
    The players have the ability to appeal the decision via a higher court in Switzerland.
    It was revealed Essendon had self reported to the AFL and ASADA on February 7, 2013, a day described as “blackest day in Australian sport”.
    This result is likely to be the final chapter in an investigation spanning almost three years.
    http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/essendon-doping-saga-34-past-present-players-found-guilty/story-e6frf3e3-1227705378382

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Krump on Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:23 am

    Shows how ridiculous it was having them tried by the AFL

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Bren on Tue Jan 12, 2016 9:35 am

    Least the Lions wont finish last this year...

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by SI on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:07 am

    WOW!  Wish Muzza was here to get his thoughts...

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by No Worries on Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:31 am

    And they laughed at the Cronulla bans

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Krump on Tue Jan 12, 2016 11:57 am

    Your Name wrote:And they laughed at the Cronulla bans
    The half that have effectively gotten off with nothing still are.

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Oz Sport Mad on Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:32 pm

    Your Name wrote:And they laughed at the Cronulla bans

    Whoever advised the cheating Sharks players to take a backdated one year ban is probably feeling fairly vindicated right now.

    This is massive though.

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by No Worries on Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:58 pm

    @Oz Sport Mad wrote:

    Whoever advised the cheating Sharks players to take a backdated one year ban is probably feeling fairly vindicated right now.

    This is massive though.
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    And how stupid must the AFL feel for appointing their own kangaroo court to sweep it under the rug. If only they had done the same

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Milchcow on Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:09 pm


    AFL have been very successful at covering up player indiscretion in the past, they would have had no reason to think it wouldn't be the case here too

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by SI on Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:50 pm

    Is the AFL's 3 strikes policy still in place?  What a ridiculous situation that was/is.

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Bren on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:06 pm

    @SI wrote:Is the AFL's 3 strikes policy still in place?  What a ridiculous situation that was/is.
    Shame Ben Cousins couldnt count properly.

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by SI on Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:27 pm

    @Bren wrote:
    @SI wrote:Is the AFL's 3 strikes policy still in place?  What a ridiculous situation that was/is.
    Shame Ben Cousins couldnt count properly.
    Some fucking good drugs to make you want to break into an SAS compound. Excited

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by Dip on Tue Jan 12, 2016 5:51 pm

    As a club Essendon has got off lightly. They now only lose 12 players for a season whereas they should have lost 34 players (less a couple of transfers/retirements/drops) for two years had they not delayed and delayed the proceedings.

    One wonders if the club insisting the players fight the charges was as much about the club buying the time to replace as many players as possible by the time the inevitable suspension was imposed.

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    Re: Essendon players suspended for 2016 season

    Post by No Worries on Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:32 pm

    @SI wrote:Is the AFL's 3 strikes policy still in place?  What a ridiculous situation that was/is.

    I think they modified it, they now advise the club or something, but still in place in some form

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