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Essendon CAS decision: James Hird claims 'miscarriage of justice'

Former Essendon coach James Hird has claimed a miscarriage of justice after 12-month suspensions were handed to his former Essendon players by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

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Hird, who spoke with Fairfax Media, released a short statement saying he was shocked by the decision, which overturned the original AFL anti-doping tribunal's finding - that the tribunal was not comfortably satisfied that the 34 past and present Essendon players take taken a banned substance. .

"I am shocked by this decision," Hird said. "I firmly believe the players do not deserve this finding. They do not deserve to face a 12-month suspension from the sport. 

"This is a miscarriage of justice for 34 young men.

"I will not be making any further comment today. I intend to make further comment later in the week."