MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 18: James Hird speaks to the media following his resignation as head coach of the Essendon Bombers AFL Football Club at True Vaule Solar Centre on August 18, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

A mystery benefactor has paid off a $750,000 debt owed by former Essendon coach James Hird to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, a court has heard.

Mr Hird, 43, had been ordered to pay ASADA’s court costs after losing his fight to stop the investigation into the supplements saga, but the Supreme Court was told on Tuesday that the debt had been paid by another unnamed party.

The payout was revealed when Mr Hird, who is suing Chubb Insurance for refusing to pay his legal bills of almost $660,000 over his court battles surrounding the supplements saga, was giving evidence.

Questioned by barrister Jim Peters, QC, representing Chubb, Mr Hird agreed his ASADA debt had been paid by “somebody else”. No details were given as to who had picked up the tab for Mr Hird.


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