Essendon to face supplements probe

Essendon has held a media conference to announce that the club will be investigated by the AFL and Australian Sports Drug Agency after rumours swirled about the club’s controversial fitness program last year.

Bombers president David Evans, chief executive Ian Robson and coach James Hird faced the media at AFL House to reveal they had approached the league and to confirm the club would be investigated over supplements given to its players.

Essendon president David Evans admitted that evidence had come to light in the past 48 hours that was ‘slightly concerning’.”We have moved quickly to call the AFL and ASADA to ensure a clean bill of health,” Evans said.

“We believe we have acted in a sensible and proper way.”This is a minefield … we’ve received information that’s concerned us.”

A former Essendon official has confirmed to Fairfax Media in recent days that players were asked to sign waiver forms pertaining to treatment they received. Fairfax Media has known for at least a month some players had concerns about the forms.Former fitness boss Stephen Dank has since left the club.The AFL made tentative enquiries about the issue last month but the issue appeared to come to a head on Monday when Fairfax Media staff made enquiries with current and former Essendon staff.

It is understood the Bombers met with the AFL on Tuesday morning.

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