And that is why circumstantial evidence has to be challenged. The text messages mean bugger all. A coach communicated with the sports scientist on injured players and their recovery. Did the text messages explicitly say give them banned drugs.
Hird has stated clearly he believes no PEDs were administered. However, we are talking about circumstantial evidence involving a highly suspected sports scientist and his time at Essendon. If ASADA gained evidence unlawfully that circumstantially links the players to banned substances then they are a risk of wrongful findings.
If you believe you are innocent and the players are innocent you use every advantage possible to thwart a wrongful finding. But of course that concept is about freedom and democracy and has no place on the Roar.
You are wrong on the players most support Hird.
Legal opinion is just that, EFC were given advice that an appeal would have a good chance, nothing certain in any appeal there is always a big risk.
The club and players are fatigued and I think initially thought hird's appeal will just delay the whole ASADA process. It was a bit kneejerk by Little & the Board, they have seen the light as i wrote they would last Friday.
Hird has every right to appeal and it is likely to be heard fairly quickly. of course ASADA are free to reissue the SCN immediately and show their evidence.
I sense ASADA and the AFL for that matter would prefer a Cronulla like deal be done. This is not acceptable. ASADA will have to prove their case.
Like it or not this has a long way to run yet.