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Official: Australian Football League Players Could Already Be Serving Suspensions
Published June 13, 2014
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'SHOCK AND DESPAIR': In Melbourne, Claire Siracusa reported immediate reaction "to the bombshell that 34 Essendon players have received show cause notices from ASADA was one of shock and despair." Former Essendon player Matthew Lloyd said, ‘‘The season’s over and another season has been ruined by this.’’ Lloyd said he had ‘‘a sick feeling in the stomach’’ when he heard about the show-cause notices being issued. Tim Watson, Jobe’s father, said that legal action "was certain to follow." He said, "There is probably going to be some legal action launched by the Essendon Football Club ... what happens beyond that is anyone’s guess’’ (THE AGE, 6/12). NEWS LIMITED's Patrick Smith wrote the AFL's "shuddering season is suddenly convulsing." Essendon's "wobbly season is about to topple." It "could not have come at a worse time." On Saturday, Australia takes on Chile in the World Cup as football, the AFL’s "natural enemy, takes over the nation’s interest and headlines." The "great fear for the league is that soccer will move from capturing headlines to capturing hearts." The AFL "has never been so vulnerable" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/13).