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James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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James Hird tells Federal Court he disagreed with two Essendon chairmen over ASADA probe

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Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik Suspended coach James Hird says he disagreed with public statements made by successive Essendon chairmen about the club's stance on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe into the Bombers'...

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AFL

Harcourt's shock speech added to Hird's case

Centre of attention: Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon and James Hird have officially added shock comments made by chief AFL medical officer Peter Harcourt to their list of claims that they believe will strengthen their case that the joint probe...

A timeline on 'tanking' in the AFL

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Compiled by Adam Cooper A timeline on the tanking issue in the AFL

Bomber chief to stay on

Ian Robson.

Adam Cooper Essendon confirms that Ian Robson will stay on as chief executive.

Magpies keen to work with clubs, AFL to fight drugs

Dane Swan

Adam Cooper and Will Brodie Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says Pies want to encourage other clubs to address problem.

Policy causes friction

Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper Depending on who you ask, AFL's drugs policy is a world leader, or soft on illegal substances.

AFL

Contentious drugs loophole to be closed

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou speaks at AFL House about the passing of Jim Stynes early this morning
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Tuesday the 20th of March 2012

Adam Cooper AFL players will soon no longer be able to self-report their drug use to the league with impunity.

AFL

AFL to go in hard to curb drug use

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper AFL clubs will have their staff audited, sports science staff registered and be instructed to undertake mandatory reporting of any doping issue in an attempt to stamp out widespread illegal drug use...

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Whistleblowers need anonymity

Sherrin

Adam Cooper Expert casts doubt on AFL's plans to encourage players to report suspicious activity.

AFL urges clubs: employ integrity officers

Adam Cooper AFL CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou has urged clubs to employ their own integrity officers ahead of bolstering coaching panels in a bid to eradicate the problems similar to the supplement scandal...

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No 'plan B' for TV football

Adam Cooper Broadcasters have not devised plans should Essendon be unable to field a team in 2013.

AFL priorities were wrong, says Roos

Paul Roos

Adam Cooper and Deborah Gough Ex-coach blames AFL for creating environment in which teams encouraged to perform poorly.

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Integrity intact: Demons

Dees fined: Don McLardy faces the media.

Adam Cooper Dees slugged $500,000 for being responsible for two former officials who acted outside AFL rules in 2009.

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Puzzled Newbold backs AFL boss

Andrew Newbold

Adam Cooper Jeff Kennett's successor as Hawthorn president says the AFL has made some puzzling rulings.

AFL

Call to ban alcohol ads in TV sports

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

Adam Cooper A Greens senator pushing for gambling advertising to be banned in the AFL, also wants the promotion of alcohol tbe outlawed in sports broadcasts.

AFL

AFL says no power to strike deal with ASADA

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Andrew Demetriou confirms league inquired how players might beat two-year suspension.

AFL

AFL ponders earlier start to season to bolster northern markets

Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Future AFL seasons could start earlier and expand to 25 home and away games.

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