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Essendon supplements saga: Federal Court hearing

Live coverage of the Federal Court hearing into the legality of ASADA's inquiry into Essendon's controversial supplements program, with James Hird among key figures due to give evidence. Opening statements: Counsel for Essendon and James Hird argued that ASADA exceeded its powers in its dual investigation with the AFL. Counsel for ASADA says the joint investigation was conducted in the manner expressly laid out by its legislation.

Three against one in the ASADA hearing

Legal counsels for James Hird, Essendon Football Club, Essendon players as well as ASADA were all heard in Federal Court on Monday morning.

The case will resume tomorrow morning at 10:15AM.

James Hird.

That ends a remarkable afternoon session in which both Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell and suspended coach James Hird were called to give evidence.

Hird said:

  • he told former chairman David Evans and CEO Ian Robson that he didn't agree with parts of what was said at the press conference when Essendon self-reported.
  • he theoretically could have distanced himself from Evans' comments, but that it would have been difficult.
  • it would have been a bad look for him to publicly distance himself from Essendon's position.
  • he was present at the meeting with Andrew Demetriou and David Evans in which Evans was told the club was under suspicion of doping.
  • he was asked by Evans not to tell ASADA about Evans' conversation with Demetriou.
  • he agreed to settle in August last year only "under great threats, duress and inducement."

Justice John Middleton adjourns proceedings for the day. Hird will continue to be questioned tomorrow.

James Hird.

McNicol asks Hird if he was interested with what the media had to say. Hird says he was not.

Hird says he settled only "under great threats, duress and inducement."

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Hird says he he did not object to being interviewed by ASADA last year as he knew he would be sanctioned by the AFL if he didn't.

Dr Sue McNicol (representing ASADA) is questioning Hird.

Hird claims he was asked by David Evans not to tell ASADA about Evans' conversation with Demetriou.

ASADA counsel asks James Hird if he was aware of a meeting involving representative from ASADA, the AFL and Essendon on Feb 9 2013. Hird says he didn't know the details of the meeting, and wasn't invited.

Hird claims he was present at the meeting with Andrew Demetriou and David Evans in which Evans was told the club was under suspicion of doping.

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The court has just been shown the video of the press conference from February 5 last year.

Hird says it would have been a bad look for him to publicly distance himself from Essendon's position.

Hird says he theoretically could have distanced himself from Evans' comments, but that it would have been difficult.

James Hird.

Hird says he told former chairman David Evans and CEO Ian Robson that he didn't agree with parts of what was said at the press conference when Essendon self-reported.

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Next to the stand: James Hird.

Xavier Campbell's steps down from the witness box.

Campbell agrees Essendon requested an AFL investigation with ASADA assistance, but denies requesting a join investigation.

Federal Court Justice.

Neil Young QC (Ess) objects to the form of questioning. The objection is upheld, and Star (ASADA) is forced to rephrase.

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