Essendon unaware of ACC probe: Demetriou



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    The investigation into use of supplements at Essendon was not prompted by the imminent release of a wide-ranging Australian Crime Commission (ACC) report, AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou says.

    Demetriou was in Canberra on Thursday for the release of the ACC report into the integrity of Australian sport and the relationship between professional sporting bodies, prohibited substances and organised crime.

    It came two days after Essendon revealed they were being investigated by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) because of concerns about supplements supplied to the players last year.

    “The Essendon story came about because the football club approached the AFL in recent days and asked the AFL and ASADA to conduct an investigation because they were being asked certain questions by people, including the media, and the chairman took it upon himself to ask various people around the club and then came to the AFL,” said Demetriou.

    Demetriou said the AFL had set up its own integrity unit in 2008, believing at the time the greatest threats to the sport were gambling, performance-enhancing drugs and salary cap compliance.

    “As time has gone by we have taken the opportunity for much more intelligence gathering – and with that intelligence gathering and information sharing that’s already in existence we’ve tackled a number of issues,” said Demetriou.

    “The latest was in relation to the issue of betting. With the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, we were made privy to (it) by the Australian Crime Commission.

    “It came as a shock as we have a very thorough and rigorous testing regime.

    “But when you hear about organised crime and the sophisticated organisation of drugs and how the scientists are ahead of the testers, then you do have to rely on intelligence gathering.

    “But we can do more.”

    Demetriou said the AFL fully supported the recommended actions and protocols arising from the ACC report.

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    • Roar Guru

      February 8th 2013 @ 1:41pm
      Redb said | February 8th 2013 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

      I find this very hard to beleive given certain sections of the ACC report mirror the situation Essendon find themselves in.

      • Roar Guru

        February 8th 2013 @ 3:15pm
        delbeato said | February 8th 2013 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

        I also find it hard to believe. Seems like damage control to me.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 8:26pm
      Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:26pm | ! Report

      I find everything the obese boss of Aussie Rules says, his whole aim is to spin his sport in a positive light while pitting down all other sports. He should reign or be sacked.

      • February 9th 2013 @ 8:36pm
        TC said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:36pm | ! Report

        I guess he will reign until he’s sacked.

        • February 9th 2013 @ 8:47pm
          Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:47pm | ! Report


        • February 9th 2013 @ 8:48pm
          Brewski said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

          That comment will go right over his head i reckon 🙂

          • February 9th 2013 @ 9:01pm
            Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:01pm | ! Report

            You’re right, I need a AFL respect & responsibility towards spelling course & then the investigations officer can check that I’m sufficiently counselled that I realise my mistake & the club will endeavour to help me not repeat the spelling mistake.

            • February 9th 2013 @ 9:05pm
              Brewski said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

              Staying off the sauce would obviously be a good start, going by that post.

      • February 9th 2013 @ 8:47pm
        Brewski said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

        Matt you forgot AFL puppets in the media, lack of respect & responsibility mantra and the extremist ideology most AFL fans have.

        Your slipping.

        • February 9th 2013 @ 8:55pm
          Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:55pm | ! Report

          Goes without saying, we all know its smoke & mirrors when it comes to Aussie Rules.

          • February 9th 2013 @ 8:57pm
            Brewski said | February 9th 2013 @ 8:57pm | ! Report

            Do we ?, you mean thats your opinion, you have the floor, please explain.

            • February 9th 2013 @ 9:04pm
              Matt said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:04pm | ! Report

              I rather go wash my hair……enjoy ur night

              • February 9th 2013 @ 9:09pm
                Brewski said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:09pm | ! Report

                Yep, wash your hair !! LOL.

    • February 9th 2013 @ 9:03pm
      Titus said | February 9th 2013 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

      I know naaarcink!

    • February 9th 2013 @ 11:37pm
      Floyd Calhoun said | February 9th 2013 @ 11:37pm | ! Report

      Hey, lay off Demetriou Matt, he’s an old La Trobe boy. And he’s not that obese either!

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