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.


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.


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.


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.

About author

Amy Whittaker
Amy Whittaker 1402 posts

Amy joined the NRN team in August 2011, before graduating from a B of Arts (Communication-Journalism)/B of Sports Studies from Charles Sturt University in December 2011.

View all posts by this author →

You might also like

National 0 Comments

Asylum seekers threatened self harm on board boat

The political debate over turning back asylum seekers boats at sea has been ramped up, with reports a boat of asylum seekers threatened self harm.


Science huge contributor to Australian economy: report

A new report released today suggests physics, chemistry and maths directly add $145 billion dollars to the Australian economy annually.

National 0 Comments

Taxpayers paying for a house the PM doesn't use

The DPMC has come under fire, for leasing a house for Prime Minister Tony Abbott that he is not using.


Body found decomposed near Gold Coast river

Queensland police are expected to launch a murder investigation, after a decomposed body was found near a river on the Gold Coast. The body was discovered by someone fishing in


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!