What they said ...
WHAT THEY SAID ... THE PLAYERS AND COACHES
''We'll do whatever necessary to ensure the sport in general is as clean as possible. We believe that is a must in our sport. As far as we're concerned, we've never had a problem here, and we follow all procedures and protocols that have been put in place by the league.''
Manly coach Geoff Toovey
''It's once guys start reading magazines and find a new product that might enhance and they go outside the team recommendations and start doing their own things, that's when it can start getting a little bit blurred. But I guess when you start doing that the onus is on yourself. We're well educated in that sense. Ignorance is not acceptable.''
Wallabies and Waratahs back Drew Mitchell
''You can never be 100 per cent sure [of supplements' contents]. If you put anything like that in your mouth, it is at your own risk. You've got to be wary because it is your career, your life. You are going to get paid by these supplement companies but it is risk versus reward. For me, it is not worth taking something that could jeopardise my whole career.''
Wallabies and Reds star Quade Cooper
''I understand there are no particular allegations against any particular [NRL] team or any particular player. They've obviously got a lot of evidence. I'm not that naive to think things don't happen at clubs but certainly clubs I've been a part of have never been involved in things that are being suggested now. I just hope we're not on a scale where teams have been heavily involved in it.''
Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett
''I was a professional footballer for more than a decade, and I can tell you there are ways and means of getting around drug testing and manipulating the rules in Australia. People have a desire to win, and they'll use any means to get there. It comes down to big business.''
Unnamed former professional footballer
''If the powers that be have names & clubs in this drug scandal they must name them now. Otherwise the cleanskins are being tainted unfairly.''
Premiership-winning league forward Mark Geyer
''This is an issue I can go on days about. Simply put, if you're guilty without any doubt of taking #PED's, im sorry but bye bye.#lifeban.''
Golden State Warriors centre Andrew Bogut
''What's going on with drugs in sports these days? What about taking BHW tablet #bloodyhardwork.''
Dual World Cup-winning Wallaby Tim Horan
WHAT THEY SAID ... THE CEOS
''We've worked with the Crime Commission in the last week or so, and information has come forward for NRL specifically that affects more than one player and more than one club.''
David Smith (NRL)
''Today is the day we draw a line in the sand.
''The report findings are deeply concerning on a number of levels for all sports fans, athletes and administrators. With the issue of performance-enhancing drugs, we were made privy to (it) by the Australian Crime Commission. It came as a shock as we have a very thorough and rigorous testing regime.''
Andrew Demetriou (AFL)
''There is nothing specific in relation to football in relation to this report. But that doesn't mean that we don't join in the general concern about the issues that are raised.''
David Gallop (FFA)
''Today is a very timely wake-up call for all professional sports in Australia. We were aware for some time of issues relating to performance-enhancing drugs, but less aware of connections to organised crime and potential match fixing.''
Bill Pulver (ARU)
''Specifically the AFL and NRL have advised they have concerns arising out of this report. But as a collective we are united in the need for firm action.''
James Sutherland (CA)
WHAT THEY SAID ... THE OFFICIALS
''There are clear parallels between what has been discovered in Australia and the USADA investigation into Lance Armstrong … the difference is that the Australian threat is current, crosses sporting codes and is evolving.''
Australian Crime Commission's Organised Crime and Drugs in Sport report
''It seems to be history in sport that you'll address these issues only when something surfaces, and you'll try to avoid it until that time. That was the case in the Olympic movement with doping. It's the case in cycling, we've seen so much of in recent times. Now, sadly, it's the case it seems here in Australia.''
John Fahey, WADA president
''This is not a black day in Australian sport. This is the blackest day in Australian sport. There has been a belief with some sports and even with some officials that doping just would not take place in Australian sport, and if it did it was isolated and sporadic. I doubted those claims, the evidence pointed contrary to those claims, and the evidence that has been presented today vindicates the fact it is a widespread issue.''
Former ASADA boss, Richard Ings
''It's cheating with the help of criminals. Don't underestimate how much we know. Come forward before you get a knock on the door.''
Jason Clare, Minister for Home Affairs
''If you want to dope and cheat, we will catch you. If you want to fix a match, we will catch you … We are well on the way to seeking out and hunting down those who will dope and cheat.''
Kate Lundy, Minister for Sport
''It was comforting to see such solidarity amongst the major professional sporting codes today. It must be a united effort, it must be a zero-tolerance battle because of the scale of the problem. Because of the criminal element exposed today, the penalties must be severe.''
AOC boss John Coates
''Any sport that is attracting significant betting offshore is at a major risk. The increasing betting pools mean that we need to take preventative action now to make these sports more resilient to this threat.''
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton
''Organised crime is about money, by any means, by any route … it will go to where there is lucrative profits to be made, low risk, regulatory weakness. And they will exploit those vulnerable. They will exploit people. They will exploit the players in the codes and corrupt them, seek inside information and ultimately fix matches.''
ACC chief executive, John Lawler