AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou. Photo: Getty
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou admits the league's action over the Essendon supplements scandal could drag on well after August 26.
On Tuesday the AFL charged Essendon, coach James Hird and senior club officials Dr Bruce Reid, Danny Corcoran and Mark Thompson with conduct unbecoming or bringing the game into disrepute.
The AFL Commission is scheduled to hear the charges on August 26, but there is strong speculation about court injunctions.
Demetriou was asked on Friday if the hearing could be delayed or if the matter could even go into next season.
"That's entirely up those who have been charged," Demetriou told 3AW.
"If they want to try and delay it or if they want to say they need more time, that's entirely their prerogative. They are entitled to do that.
"But at some point in time, this will be heard."
Demetriou also rejected any suggestion he had a conflict of interest and should not sit on the commission for the hearing.
Hird's legal team is apparently arguing that Demetriou has a conflict, because of a conversation the AFL boss had with former Essendon chairman David Evans the night before the Bombers announced they were coming under investigation.
"Unless I hear otherwise, that is what I intend doing," Demetriou said when asked if he would be part of the commission for the hearing.
"I'm not sure what the conflict is.
"That's just lawyers writing letters - I'm yet to understand what the conflict is."
Demetriou added the league plans to make public details of its charges before August 26.
He said the AFL hopes to release them next week.
"It is our intention to release the particulars of the charges in the next few days, because it's important for people to understand ... what is behind the charge of conduct unbecoming," Demetriou said.
"There is a series of particulars that goes to that charge."
Demetriou also would like the August 26 hearing to be public.
"It's entirely a decision for the chairman of the commission under our rules," he said.
"There's a lot of merit in a public hearing.
"The complexity of this case, notwithstanding the issues of privacy, it would be important for the public to understand what's gone on."
Demetriou said the league and Essendon want the interim Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to be made public after the commission hearing.
The league laid the charges after receiving the ASADA report at the start of this month.
ASADA's investigation of Essendon is ongoing, with no timeframe for when it will end.
The AFL said at this stage, there were no anti-doping charges against Essendon players.
"From our perspective, we've said consistently we would like and we intend making the report public," Demetriou said.
"We have also heard from Essendon that they would like it made public because it's important the truth is out there and the facts are out there.
"There are a lot of people pulling in the same direction on that front.
"There are aspects of the report which are actually limited in their publication because of privacy and under the ASADA act."