Stephen Dank outside the Federal Court. Picture: Michael Klein.

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank has received a life ban from the AFL.

The AFL announced today that the league anti-doping tribunal has issued Dank with a life ban, effective June 25.

Dank was informed of the decision by The Herald Sun at 1.30pm today at Moonee Valley Racecourse, where he was being interviewed on stage by Mike Sheehan.

Dank was visibly shaken and furious at the news, and phoned the AFL chief Gillon McLachlan and AFL anti-doping tribunal legal counsel Justin Hooper immediately after receiving the information.

“We will now accelerate our legal action against the AFL and individual members of its executive who are responsible for this decision being handed down,” Dank said.

“They have contaminated the truth and impaired natural justice, and now they will feel the full thrust of the law in relation to how they’ve handled this process.”