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AFL Club Essendon Claims No Knowledge Of Players Being Used As 'Guinea Pigs'
Published July 1, 2013
BUILDING A CASE: Also in Sydney, Baker & McKenzie reported Essendon's "hopes of avoiding suspensions for players found to have taken banned substances rest on convincing the World Anti-Doping Agency that the club deliberately misled, and ultimately betrayed, its players." As the drugs in sport inquiry enters its fifth month, "the seemingly slow pace can be attributed largely to Essendon players being given every opportunity to build a no-fault or mitigating circumstances case that will meet WADA's high evidentiary requirements." Central to any no-fault or mitigating circumstances case will be allegations that players "were duped into taking substances they believed were approved by WADA and had been authorised by senior Essendon personnel, including the club's medical staff" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/1).