4 Essendon officials charged

4 Essendon officials charged

Essendon Coach James Hird and three other Bombers officials have been charged by the AFL, over their alleged supplement scandal.

The charges follow an interim report from the Australian Anti-doping Agency, into the clubs 2012 season.

Essendon v Hawthorn

Essendon v Hawthorn

The AFL says the club, and each person, are all charged with engaging in conduct that is unbecoming, or likely to prejudice the interests or reputation of the Australian Football League.

Club doctor Bruce Ried,  football manager Danny Corcoran and assistant coach Mark Thompson were the other three charged.

The matter will be heard on August 26 by the AFL Commission, as the charges are not criminal.

BOMBERS TO DEFEND CHARGES

Essendon has announced it will vigorously defend the charges laid against the four.

Essendon chairman Paul Little says the club completely supports the four staff members involved.

The AFL has also cleared any players of intentionally using banned substances, but says the joint investigation, between them and ASADA, is ongoing and charges could still be laid.

WATSON SAYS PLAYERS VINDICATED

Essendon captain Jobe Watson has released a statement, saying the club’s players feel vindicated, after not being charged for using banned substances.

Watson says the players fully co-operated with every part of the ASADA investigation and have always said they’ve got nothing to hide.

He says he hopes this result demonstrates players would never do anything to compromise the integrity of the game.

HIRD SAYS HE’S “SHATTERED”

Essendon coach James Hird has made a public comment today on the decision by the AFL saying he’s shattered over the charges and feels terribly disappointed for the club and for the players.  

Hird says while it’s positive news no anti-doping charges have been laid against players, the club has to contend these new charges and make sure he and the other three officials are proven not guilty.

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