Ex-Bombers better informed on probe
Parents Tim and Susie Watson at an earlier briefing. Photo: Joe Armao
ESSENDON has comforted the former players who will be interviewed by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority as part of its investigation into the club, with many feeling better informed and more involved than they were two weeks ago.
The ex-players' parents have been invited to a second briefing by the club next week - as they were to an initial meeting last week - with the players feeling more sure of how the investigation will unfold and what it will require of them.
The current Essendon squad was briefed by ASADA on Wednesday and made aware of a no-fault clause in the World Anti-Doping Agency that may apply to them should they be found to have been administered banned supplements.
No Essendon player has returned a positive drug test, but the ''no-fault or negligence'' clause could apply to them should the investigation find they were given banned substances without their knowledge or consent.
The players were filled in on several procedural elements of the ASADA investigation in the briefing, and it is understood they were told they would be given one week's notice before being required for an interview.
It is believed they were also informed of how the no-fault clause would be applicable, and how it would be explored in a procedural sense, with the WADA code stating that ''in an individual case that he or she bears no fault or negligence, the otherwise applicable period of ineligibility shall be eliminated''.
The players have been sworn to confidence throughout the investigation, which has been tipped to last several months.
The interviews with staff and players are expected to start in the next week or two.
The players were run through several other potential scenarios in the briefing, with the club still under pressure for the methods it used to administer supplements throughout the 2012 season.
Essendon had initially referred its delisted and traded players to the AFL Players Association, but they have been heartened by the club's involvement of them since.