Regardless of Friday’s outcome, bombs will continue to drop on Essendon

Don't expect much on Friday. Middleton might deliver a verdict that satisifies no-one. Whilst he probably agrees the investigation was unlawful he will be mindful of any precedent set. Expect a middle ground decision that might technicially favour Essendon but not strip ASADA of its right to use it's circumstantial evidence. ASADA to just re-issue show cause notices. At least the AFL admin has been shown up for its back room dealings. Fed Govt no better at the time. ASADA a public servant backwater. Outcomes were to be manufactured. Now the court wil decide on the actual evidence. Good luck ASADA you'll need it.

6 days ago
Bombs away. Will players really walk out on Essendon?

Is that you Caroline?

15 Sep 2014
Bombs away. Will players really walk out on Essendon?

The outcome of Friday's Federal Court decision will likely determine if ASADA's show cause notices proceed at all if EFC win. ASADA's case is circumstantial anyway and weak, any player interview "statements" knocked out as "evidence" are likely to weaken further their circumstantial case. If ASADA win, EFC will lodge an appeal to the Fed Court which will probably stall the show cause notices and the club and players will fight ASADA to test it's evidence. This means the whole saga drags on into 2015. It's cute to say on one hand EFC don't know what was administered then on the other suggest the drugs must have been banned. Cant' have it both ways. Show proof or shut it. 11 other AFL clubs, that's 11, had supplement programs that were deemed to be not adequately controlled. EFC is in the gun becuase of Dank's person of interest status on a number of levels. Re Dank, there is more to come out on his activities at Essendon which led to his alleged sacking. It's not the time just yet but if ASADA get those show causes notices through to the next stage, it will go to court and get very interesting for Stephen Dank.

15 Sep 2014
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