Essendon hit hard by doping scandal investigation
A NUMBER of players from Essendon and one from another unnamed AFL club are under investigation over the possible use of performance enhancing drugs.
AFL deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan made the revelations at a press conference in Melbourne yesterday.
McLachlan said Australian Crime Commission report only identified two specific cases where WADA prohibited performance enhancing drugs may have been used in the AFL.
He confirmed one of those clubs was Essendon after the club went public on concerns over supplement use before Thursday's report from the Australian Crime Commission.
"In terms of identified instances of possible performance-enhancing drug use in the AFL ... the AFL is aware of vulnerabilities to potential performance enhancing drug use across the competition," McLachlan read from a prepared statement.
"In terms of identified instances of possible performance-enhancing drug use in the AFL ... the AFL is aware of only two specific cases where WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drugs may have been used in the AFL.
"The AFL is aware of one case involving the possibility of WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drug use by one player at one club.
"The AFL is aware that a second case involves the possibility of WADA-prohibited performance-enhancing use by multiple players at another club.
"In this second case it is possible that players were administered the WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drugs without their knowledge or consent.
"The AFL is not aware of any other specific instances where use of WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drugs may have occurred.
"Nor is the AFL aware of any current or ongoing use of WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drugs in the AFL competition."
When quizzed about the identity of the club where a number of players were facing athe probe, McLachlan said: "I think it's reasonable to assume that given the Essendon Football Club has come forward to the AFL and to ASADA and proactively advised us of concerns they have, it's reasonable to talk to them."
"The AFL is aware of potential multiple breaches at that club."
McLachlan said he could not comment over the identity of an individual player in question and the other potential breach.
He also said he could not confirm which club that player was from.
He said there was no evidence of match fixing in the AFL.