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Published December 12, 2013
AFL SAGA CONTINUES: In Sydney, Chip Le Grand reported Australia Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou is "accused of making false, misleading statements" about a key aspect of the Essendon supplements saga following "a dramatic intervention by an unlikely source -- James Hird's wife Tania." Hird, "furious at behind-the-scenes attempts" by the AFL to convince Essendon to alter its contractual arrangements with her husband, "confirmed the suspended Essendon coach was being paid by the club." She claimed Demetriou "knew this despite his emphatic statements to the contrary." Hird: "Of course he's being paid, that was the deal. Andrew Demetriou knew it; the AFL knew it. We wouldn't have taken a sanction without pay; we would have taken the AFL to the Supreme Court and they knew that. Demetriou knew that'' (THE AUSTRALIAN, 12/11). In Melbourne, Emma Quayle reported the AFL's players are "resisting a push to log their supplement intake via a mobile phone application on a daily basis, as part of the AFL's crackdown on clubs' use and documentation of supplement products and medical treatments." The players are "willing to help the league impose tighter controls on the use of supplements at their clubs and play a more active part in their own treatment, but believe a daily requirement to lodge their information would be too big an ask" (THE AGE, 12/12). In Sydney, Adrian Proszenko reported Advanced Sports Nutrition employee Darren Hibbert is "scheduled to be interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority on Friday after his legal representatives fast-tracked the meeting to help resolve the drugs scandal." In "an intriguing twist to the inquiry," a witness who complied with an interview request -- but challenged a notice to produce documents -- "was informed on Thursday he could be liable for criminal prosecution." The "hardline stance is the first real test of ASADA's new powers," which include fines of A$5,100 ($4,700) a day for non-compliance. The maximum penalty for the obstruction of government officials "carries a two-year jail term" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 12/12).