Essendon's supplements penalties: live updates
• James Hird accepts responsibility, but will tell more soon.
• QC says deposed coach has been 'heroic' and would have won court action
• AFL defends its investigation of the scandal.
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Speaking outside his home Wednesday morning, Essendon's suspended coach James Hird maintains he didn't break any rules, but decided to settle on the penalties because "it's time to move on".
Senior sports writer Peter Hanlon analyses the key points from Tuesday night's press conference at AFL House.
Watch the full statement from Essendon chairman Paul Little addressing the supplements scandal and penalties imposed on the club.
Watch the full statement from AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick addressing the Essendon supplements saga.
Essendon was desperate not to be cast as a cheat, but that is how it will be remembered.
Essendon coach dramatically backs down and accepts a one-year ban from the game.
No one has emerged from this forever-tainted football season unscathed.
Suspended Essendon coach James Hird remains defiant, despite apologising for his role in the AFL club's supplements scandal.
The biggest penalty in AFL history might have left the finals door ajar for Brisbane but Lions co-captain Jonathan Brown believes it is only a matter of time before his side start earning a top-eight spot in less dramatic fashion.
The team doesn’t feel Hird - who has been banned for 12 months for his role in last year’s supplements saga - betrayed them.
The AFL has accepted it must take some responsibility in the Essendon supplements affair, admitting that earlier intervention might have mitigated the damage for the club and competition.
Greater Western Sydney mentor Kevin Sheedy has discussed a return to Essendon with Bombers chairman Paul Little, but the AFL icon doesn’t expect to be coaching his old club in the absence of James Hird next year.
Mark Thompson has confirmed that James Hird was warned by the AFL about the club's supplements program in 2011 but maintains that the league could have intervened in a stronger fashion to prevent the saga unfolding as it has.
Of all the ground-breaking developments at AFL headquarters over 30 dramatic hours at the start of this week the most bizarre was Essendon's decision to re-sign James Hird as he became the first AFL coach to be suspended for a year.
The AFL made Essendon aware that the club could be stood down - removed from the competition immediately and taken out of the finals - before the club reached an agreement over the unprecedented penalties for bringing the game into disrepute.
Rohan Connolly previews the final round of the AFL season.