The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has found the Essendon Football Club guilty of taking a banned substance and has banned the 34-players involved for 12-months.
In what was a stunning ruling the CAS over-turned the Australian Sport Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) not guilty ruling early last year following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Authority, otherwise known as WADA.
“Regrettably we can confirm the Court of Arbitration for Sport has found 34 past and present players guilty of committing an anti-doping rule violation,” Essendon chairman Lindsay Tanner said in a statement published on the club’s official website.
“As a result, the players – including 12 currently listed with Essendon – have been suspended for the 2016 season.”
“The club is currently digesting the decision and we will provide a further update later today.”
The CAS ruled that 34 past and present Essendon players were guilty of taking prohibited substance Thymosin Beta-4 and thus suspending them for the entire 2016 season.
Only 12-players from the controversial supplement program of 2012 remain on the Bombers list and others have moved onto other AFL clubs.
They have all been hit with two-year bans which started on the 31st of March 2015 and will end on November 13th, 2016 – they were back-dated as they took into account all provisional suspensions already served.
Captain Jobe Watson, whose win in the 2012 Brownlow Medal will now come under scrutiny will serve an extra eight days suspension as he took part in the 2014 International Rules Series.
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