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SBD Global/August 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
AFL Essendon's Legal Costs In Club's Supplements Scandal Could Reach $4.6M
Published August 15, 2013
HIRD'S ATTACK: In Melbourne, Samantha Lane reported Hird "has mounted an extraordinary challenge to the AFL Commission by demanding a public hearing of the supplements case by an independent tribunal no sooner than two weeks after the conclusion of the finals." Hird's correspondence "asserted that league chief executive Andrew Demetriou is a conflicted party who should not sit in judgment of the matter." That demand was contained in "the aggressive three-point response to the AFL prepared by Hird’s lawyers, who are now also directly challenging the validity of a 400-page interim report that was prepared by ASADA" (THE AGE, 8/15). In Sydney, Chip Le Grand reported "along with Hird threatening to go to the courts if his demands aren't met, Essendon is understood to be considering seeking a Supreme Court injunction to give the club more time to respond to the allegations contained within the ASADA interim report" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/15).
CRONULLA RESISTING COMPARISONS: Also in Sydney, Brent Read reported National Rugby League Cronulla Chair Damien Keogh "has warned against drawing any comparison between events at Essendon and the possibility of charges being laid against the Sharks and some officials." Keogh: "I think the dynamics and the way it has unfolded have been significantly different and contrasting. There seems to be a sense that Essendon and Cronulla are the same -- one in the AFL and one in the NRL. I think it's significantly different and significantly different in a whole lot of ways. It's too early to draw any conclusions at this stage" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/15). In Sydney, Glenn Jackson reported the NRL "will not seek an interim report from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on its supplements investigation." While the AFL's investigation has "resulted in charges for Essendon and club officials," the NRL will "let the ASADA investigation run its course before intervening if necessary" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/15).