The Australian has reported that past and present Essenodn players found guilty of doping by the Court of Arbitration for sport will appeal to a Swiss court.

Essendon have also reportedly committed to funding the players’ appeal, which is expected to play out in a Swiss court later this year.

Chip Le Grand from The Australian has reported that at least 20 of the past and present players found guilty will join the appeal.

“It won’t really have any impact on this AFL season,” Le Grand told 3AW radio on Friday afternoon.

“I’d expect there will be more than 20 players that will be involved in this.

“Obviously the others, who aren’t involved, will still benefit, of course, if the decision is overturned.”

Le Grand also said that the entire case will be heard in French and should begin in four to six months, with players resigned to the fact that they will not play this season.

The players will travel to Switzerland in the hope of essentially clearing their names.

Earlier, player manager Peter Jess confirmed that his client and ex-Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray plans to appeal his doping ban.

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    • How the fk does”comfortable satisfaction” equal “palpably guilty”? Nobody seemed to have any problems when ASADA/WADA dragged it out as far as they could to get the result they wanted. A lot of these guys are fighting for their livelihoods and reputations, but people like yourself don’t want them to exercise their legal right because you’re “over it”? Give us a spell

  1. I am so fed up with this bull, just wish they would let it go and get on with their lives, there are more important things happening in this world and none of it revolves around the essendon football club, get a life

  2. Ryan could you explain to me what previous positive reading your talking about ? Not one player ever tested positive ? Or are you just another moron that follows everyone else’s comments ? Maybe next time come up with something a little better !!

  3. DANK YOUS ALL VERY MUCH DRUGGIES ..I HOPE SWISS COURT DOUBLES THEIR TIME .I KNOW THEYVE ZERO TOLERANCE TO DRUG USE…LIKE BOMBERS MOTTO FOR THAT YEAR READ QUOTE WHAT EVER IT TAKES ,TO CHEAT LATER PULLED OFF WALL …SAGA DRAGS ON LIKE A SOAPIE

  4. Are they joking???? Their suspension will be over by the time this is heard in court. Essendon, do the rest of the AFL community a favour and give up. You are guilty and just can’t admit it.

    • They are guilty covering up the fact that they were being injected initially. In 2012 all players were asked to disclose all drugs they had been taking to ASADA… Only one player mentioned that they were being injected by an ‘ unknown substance’ …. So the rest just forgot to mention it? Or were they told by the club not to? …. U decide for yourself

  5. So Essendon spending more money they don’t have. They know the AFL will prop them up so in effect it’s the other clubs that have to pay for this shite.

  6. Who is going to pay for this??? Yep it will end up being AFL supporters and members… But it will be worth it if they get their suspensions doubled… πŸ™‚

  7. Have to remember they were convicted of having abnormal readings of thymamosin or whet ever it’s called not actually for taking a banned substance which at the time this stuff was administered was actually legal at the time

  8. I notice Essendon are funding the appeal. They know that the players will be after compensation from the club if they are found guilty. Imagine the compensation for loss of pay and negligence. This is a huge make or break call from Essendon, I hope they’ve got the players interests in mind…

  9. Hope they get the full penalty of 2 years…… When will you take accountability for you decisions? Stop being like Hird; admit you did the crime and do the time! Stop blaming everyone else. Pathetic!

  10. Clear what name , they are guilty of drug cheating all they are double guilty of stupidity of letting anyone with a needle jab them in the arss with something that they wernt % 110 sure what it was.

  11. What a joke! The players will appeal and get the decision “over turned” then wada/asada whatever will appeal that decision and it will go on forever back and forth for ever

  12. Anyone who will go to such lengths to prove their innocence has to be convinced they are not guilty. Swiss CAS verdict was clearly a political sham. Burden of proof was laughable. Injustice has to be challenged. They will not roll over so you can enjoy your precious season.

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