Mystery jar of stale pee beats the cistern
GOLD COAST TITANS chief executive David May says police have no interest in a five-year-old jam jar, believed to be filled with urine, found at the club's home ground.
May found his club under scrutiny on Friday after News Ltd reported police had discovered vials of urine hidden in changing room plumbing at Skilled Park.
May said the urine in the jar was so old it could not be tested. The jar was discovered in the dressing room plumbing by police conducting a bomb-detection training exercise at the Robina ground as part of preparations for the G20 summit in Brisbane next year. It is possible the jam jar was placed in the Robina stadium during its construction.
May was advised of the discovery by police on Thursday, the same day a report linking Australian sporting codes to widespread illicit drug use and organised crime was released. May initially described the find as a mystery, saying it could belong to any one of 45 teams that had played at the stadium in recent months.
Later, he declared it a non-story. ''Police have confirmed that it's not a matter they'll be taking any further,'' May said. ''We've had it confirmed that the vial of liquid found was not a vial, but a jam jar. We believed the liquid is urine, but we're not sure.
''The jar is around five years old, and there's hundreds of teams that have been through our change rooms in that time … The finger has been pointed at the Titans because it's convenient to do so. There is no connection between the sample and the club.''
Police said officers were involved in a training exercise at the stadium at the weekend, not on Thursday as reported. ''Police conducted the training on the weekend, but we are unable to comment any further,'' a police spokeswoman said.
However, Skilled Park venue manager David Lloyd said police had been at the stadium on Tuesday. He said he had not yet been formally advised of the discovery, adding the ''vial'' could have been there ''for a number of years'', although police regularly held training exercises at the stadium.
''I'm sure in a sweep they don't go 'round and open every toilet system that we've got in the stadium,'' he told ABC Radio. ''We don't even know what it was that was found … whatever it is could be anything and it could be from or by anybody.''
Lloyd said the dressing rooms were not secured, even outside the football season. ''Anybody could walk in,'' he said. ''They're used for a myriad of purposes.''
May said early on Friday he understood a single vial had been found and passed on to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.