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SBD Global/July 23, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

National Rugby League Cronulla Players Not Worried Over Resumption Of ASADA Interviews

At least eight National Rugby League side Cronulla Sharks players, including New South Wales State of Origin captain Paul Gallen, were in negotiations to cut a deal over alleged anti-doping violations in March, according to Hooper, Massoud & Wilson of the Sydney DAILY TELEGRAPH. Documents obtained by the Daily Telegraph show that "the Sharks players felt they were let down by the club on the basis that Cronulla staff directed them to use certain supplements, now believed to be prohibited peptides," and were advised the products had been cleared by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. The deal was being brokered at the same time as the NRL became aware the Australian Football League had a favorable private deal with the government, "meaning Essendon players could possibly escape the drugs-in-sport investigation with no sanctions." In a separate document exclusively published by The Daily Telegraph on Monday, "the government indicated ASADA would explain to the Essendon players that these are exceptional circumstances and the defence of no fault or negligence may be available, meaning they might not have to serve a ban at all." In contrast, Cronulla and the NRL were only offered the lesser "no significant fault" defence that reduces bans to a minimum of six months (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 7/23). In Sydney, Walter & Lane wrote "Cronulla players have no concerns about the resumption of interviews with ASADA and want a speedy resolution to the investigation into allegations of drugs use at the club." Up to 14 Sharks players and 30 players and support staff from various clubs were told on Monday that "they had 48 hours to schedule interviews with ASADA as part of its ongoing investigation" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 7/23).

THE FINAL SAY: In Melbourne, Baker & Landsberger wrote "an independent government panel will have the final say on whether Essendon players are charged with doping offences." The Anti-Doping Rules Violation Panel will take recommendations from ASADA "at the completion of its investigation into the possible use of banned drugs by the Bombers last year." The ADRVP appointed by the Federal Sports Minister "will then recommend to the AFL if it finds infraction notices should be issued to players." The panel can recommend a penalty, "although that would ultimately be decided by an AFL tribunal" (HERALD SUN, 7/22).
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