Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley will miss at least the first four weeks of the AFL season after it was revealed he will face the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal on May 1, according to the AFL.
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Crowley has been provisionally suspended since September last year after he failed a doping test.
The May 1 hearing is two days before Fremantle’s clash with Melbourne in round five.
The Dockers star claims he ingested a banned substance through a pain killer, however if he is found guilty of using an illegal substance he faces an automatic two-year suspension.
Even if he successfully appeals his case, he would have already missed vital matches against Port Adelaide, Geelong, West Coast and Sydney.
According to the report, Crowley’s legal team have until April 17 to lodge an appeal, with ASADA submitting its written submission on April 2.
Crowley’s case has been delayed due to the AFL Anti-Doping Tribuna’s upcoming verdict on the 34 current and former Essendon players involved in the 2012 supplements program.