QC Michael Beloff, the President of the three-judge panel, has opened up the possibility of the hearing being held at the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) Sydney headquarters.
Beloff is believed to have told the CAS that he has no objections about the appeal against the AFL’s decision to clear the 34 past and present Essendon players being held in the NSW capital rather than in Europe.
CAS is believed to accept that it is the logical choice given that most of the evidence comes from Australia, and Essendon’s nominated arbitrator, Jim Spigelman, lives in Sydney.
The third member of the panel to decide where the hearing will be held is WADA’s nominated arbitrator, Belgium-based Romano Subiotto.
Regardless of where the appeal is heard, it is understood that the players will not be required to attend, with the tribunal relying on evidence already supplied.
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