Bombers players have chosen not to respond to the show-cause notices reissued to them by ASADA last week.
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The 34 former and current Essendon players being represented by the AFL Players’ Association (AFLPA) legal aid have opted not to respond to the show-cause notices reissued to them by ASADA last week.
Their decision means they could soon have an opportunity to clear their names at the AFL Anti-Doping tribunal.
The AFLPA released a statement confirming its legal team had analysed ASADA’s evidence and were keen to bring the saga to a close.
“The players affirmed their commitment to seek an expeditious process to give them the opportunity to remove the cloud that has hung over them for almost two years,” the statement from AFLPA chief executive Paul Marsh read.
“This process has already taken up 21 months – about half the average AFL player’s career,” he added.
“The prospect that players would have to endure a third season with these proceeding (sic) hanging over their head is simply unacceptable.
“The players want this matter resolved quickly and fairly. It is time to bring this matter to an end.”