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Guilty NRL And AFL Players Have 'Almost No Chance Of Escaping' ASADA Doping Sanctions
Published March 18, 2013
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UNHEEDED WARNINGS? In Sydney, Adrian Proszenko wrote, "This whole mess at Cronulla, 'management failings' and all, could have been avoided if the club had heeded the findings of an independent review it commissioned" back in '06. The Sharks employed the Mercury Group, headed by former Cronulla player and Parramatta premiership-winning coach John Monie, "to review their operations seven years ago." The report -- obtained by Sin Bin -- was presented to the board after interviews with more than 30 administrators and players. It identified "weaknesses" in management structure and made recommendations, most critically, "that the chief executive officer be accountable for the performance of the club." It was stated that every player "should conduct, as a minimum, an annual discussion with the CEO." History will show that the club "hasn't had one for three years" (SMH, 3/17).
NEW CHAIR IN TOWN: Also in Sydney, Webster & Ritchie wrote ASADA "will not start interviewing the 14 Sharks players implicated in the investigation until next week - not this week as previously hoped." The federal government last week "threw an additional 10 investigators at the ASADA doping inquiry," but warned the NRL it must ensure clubs such as Cronulla fully cooperate if they want the matter quickly resolved. Meanwhile, a left-field candidate "has emerged for next month's Sharks board elections with Brisbane lawyer Chris Raleigh expected to nominate." In a swipe at former Cronulla Sharks Chair Damian Irvine, Raleigh said: "If a hotel concierge can become the chairman of the club, I'm confident I have more than adequate qualifications to be able to contribute positively as a board member" (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/17).