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AFL Charges Essendon, Coaches Over Supplements Saga; Players In Clear
Published August 14, 2013
BRAND TAKES HIT: In London, Russell Jackson wrote on the GUARDIAN's Talking Sport blog "it remains hard to see the league stripping the club of premiership points for 2014 and risking the ire of rights-holding TV networks, who'd be compelled to broadcast virtual 'dead rubbers', not to mention the potential drop-off in attendances and gate receipts if fans vote with their feet for those Essendon games." And "what of those fans and the image of the game itself now?" For all of the "moral posturing and furrowed brows at league HQ, the seemingly endless gossiping, leaking and chatter throughout the course of the season has felt disturbingly like, well, content'' (GUARDIAN, 8/13). In Melbourne, Jon Ralph reported the Bombers and captain Jobe Watson "claimed total victory," with Watson claiming vindication and Little stating "on current evidence no notices will be issued." The league "ruled the use of AOD-9604 would not result in an infraction even though WADA had declared it a banned substance." It means Watson "will keep his Brownlow Medal and Essendon players remain free to play finals if their club can dodge a charge of bringing the game into disrepute" (HERALD SUN, 8/14).