Dockers chief says Freo is clean
Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich has defended the AFL club's reputation as a "clean team", saying the Dockers would only ever inject natural substances such as vitamins.
While acknowledging a previous relationship with supplement supplier Danny Pavlovich - whose company Nutrition Systems was fined $3.1 million last year for importing unregistered substances - Rosich was confident no banned substances had been supplied to Fremantle players.
He said Fremantle's relationship with Export Corporation ended in 2009 due to commercial terms and that the Dockers had not been aware of the fine until media reports overnight.
Export Corporation confirms that none of the products it supplied to the Fremantle Dockers Football Club were included in the Export Corporation confirms that none of the products it supplied to the Fremantle Dockers Football Club were included in the Therapeutic Goods Administration court case.
The Federal Court accepted that Export Corporation's non-compliance with the Act was neither deliberate nor systematic and more likely resulted from an error of systems control and incorrect import and regulatory advice.
"It was essentially a marketing contract, a non-exclusive supply arrangement. We vetted products we utilised so we're very comfortable," Rosich said.
"There was limited amount of product utilised. In each case it was vetted by club doctors prior to use.
"It's important to say from our point of view that we have food-first focus [for players]. Supplements are a part of that focus but only a minor part."
The Dockers will meet with the AFL next week in the wake of this week's explosive revelation that Essendon was being investigated over irregular sports science practices - including supplement injections - and the Australian Crime Commission's announcement on Thursday that Australian professional sport was rife with drug use and corruptions.
Rosich admitted the Dockers did use injections on players in some circumstances, but only sparingly.
"There aren't [injections] other than vitamins in normal course," Rosich said.
"In some instances players feeling they need a quick infiltration of vitamins. But only in that context."
Rosich said a round three clash with Essendon was still nine or 10 weeks away and that the club had not yet considered what may happen to that match if the Bombers were found to have used banned performance enhancing substances.
The Freo chief executive said he did not know definitively if the Dockers had been part of the ACC investigation but "every indication is no we weren't".