AFL Grants Essendon Coach Extra Time To Fight Conduct Unbecoming Charges
The "threat of a Supreme Court injunction" by Australian Football League side Essendon coach James Hird's legal team "has been alleviated at the 11th hour with the AFL granting the Essendon coach extra time to fight his conduct unbecoming charges," according to Caroline Wilson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The decision by the AFL to "grant an extension was greeted on Monday night as a victory by the Hird camp." The other individuals facing charges -- Danny Corcoran, Mark Thompson and club doctor Bruce Reid -- "were also planning to take up the AFL's offer of extra time." Essendon is "determined to take part in the 2013 finals series, and the decision by the AFL to grant the four individuals extra time may allow for that possibility." Essendon as a club "neither sought nor received an extension." The commission did not respond to Hird's attempt "to have his charges heard by another body." Nor was there a "public response to Hird's push" to remove AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou from the commission panel (SMH, 8/20).