MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: David Zaharakis prepares with team-mates for a 2km time trial during an Essendon Bombers AFL pre-season training session at Princes Park on November 18, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

ASADA release statement on Essendon’s failed appeal

ASADA has released a statement on Essendon’s failed appeal at the Swiss Federal Court.

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) today welcomed the decision of the Swiss Federal Tribunal to reject the 34 Essendon players’ final appeal.

The players lodged their appeal following the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) finding earlier this year that each of the players had used prohibited substance Thymosin Beta 4.

Despite numerous submissions, all arguments presented on behalf of the players were rejected by the Swiss Federal Tribunal. In particular, the Tribunal found that the players had agreed to the terms on which the CAS arbitration would take place, including that the matter be heard de novo.

On the decision, ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt said: “You cannot agree to the rules and then expect them to change if you don’t like the outcome.”

“Furthermore, CAS exists for the very reason of ensuring sports matters are heard fairly and independently, so it is essential that they be able to review all evidence and are not limited by the findings of sports tribunals. This ensures that anti-doping rules are applied consistently between cases, which is crucial in the global fight against doping.”

The Swiss Federal Tribunal’s ruling on the appeal means the decision of CAS, the world’s most eminent sports tribunal, is final.

“I am pleased that this matter is now finalised and I am proud of ASADA’s persistence in pursuing this case until the truth was revealed,” he said.

More to come.

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    • Boof please. Every court in the world has said you blokes injected PEDs into the players. Stevie wonder could see that. To continually stand behind this flimsy excuse thrown out by Hird to save his own arse makes you look as silly as him.

  1. Just like to thank you for the number 1 pick. US getting to play our young boys and helping our rebuild. Now let’s not run our club like this debacle and we will be right.

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