Melbourne based finals team - positive drug test

AFL news 2023: AFL finals player tests positive to drugs | Herald Sun

A player from a Melbourne-based finals team has tested positive to drugs late in the home and away season.

A urine sample taken from the player after a game in the weeks leading up to the AFL finals returned positive for a banned substance, believed to be cocaine.

It’s understood the player took the drug just days out from a home and away match.

He was tested after the game by Sports Integrity Australia officials as part of regulation in-competition testing for performance enhancing drugs.

The result of the test wasn’t known until after the finals series.

A source close to the issue said the player was from a Melbourne club involved in the finals, which means he would play for either the Demons, Collingwood, Carlton or St Kilda.

The results of player’s A sample has only been known for a couple of days.

It’s believed Sports Integrity Australia has informed the player he has returned a positive test.

The AFL complies with WADA’s anti-doping code, which is governed in Australia by SIA, and cocaine is listed on the WADA in-competition prohibited list of stimulants.

The AFL on Monday confirmed the positive test.

“The AFL is working with the player on this matter,” a spokesperson said.

The penalty for an “in competition” positive test is up to four years’ suspension, although there are provisions for a lesser penalty in some situations.

While a four-year suspension is possible, under the AFL’s anti-doping code, if the player can prove the violation was not intentional or there are other circumstances, the penalty could be reduced to as little as a month.

The code was updated on January 1, 2021, whereby “an athlete who has tested positive to a Substance of Abuse’ in-competition (which includes cocaine), the sanction is only three months if the athlete can prove the substance was used out of competition and was unrelated to sporting performance’’.

AFL rules dictate that the “in-competition” period starts at “11:59pm on the day before a competition in which the athlete is scheduled to participate through the end of such competition and the sample collection process’’.

Also, a suspension could be reduced to one month if the ‘’athlete completes a Substance of Abuse treatment program approved by AFL’’.

In 2019, Collingwood’s Sam Murray argued that he had inadvertently ingested a tiny amount of cocaine before he was given an 18-month suspension.

In 2020, former Gold Coast ruckman Brayden Crossley accepted a 12-month suspension for an unintentional anti-doping violation.

In 2015, then Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas accepted two-year bans for testing positive to the drug clenbuterol.

They were tested in February of that year, which was out of competition.

More recently, Willie Rioli, when he was at the Eagles, was suspended for two years after being found guilty of substituting his urine during two anti-doping drugs tests.

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Good, hope the book gets thrown at the entire club.


Well, there are two guys which readily spring to mind…


Carlton or Collingwood pls.


With all the reports around Willie Rioli at the time & everyone finding out quickly about it, why are they protecting this players name?

It didn’t happen with Bol earlier this(?) year as well.

This screams #VicBias

What happens if the player happened to play in the finals or even in the GF?

Enough advantage to sway a game by 2 points?


Fark me I hate this competition.

Like hell it took them that long before the result was known. Where is the suspension from finals?


And what will they do if it was someone like Ginnivan and he has just been traded?


load-bearing paragraph

nothing will happen. guarantee it.


Hope its the Klan.

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Has to be Clarry right? He was pretty average late in the season.

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Unless of course the player is someone who had well publicised mental health issues recently :woman_shrugging:t2:

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My money is on Ginnivan or Clarry


because sia have roughly the same level of competence as people portrayed in home shopping commercials in black and white footage while the voiceover describes the problem the product is hoping to solve


If it’s a certain player who has been very publicly discussed during the early part of trade period, going through a period of legitimate poor mental health it would do nobody any good to be discussing him personally at length.

I reakon its Oliver 100%. Probably why he was being floated as a trade. So the Dees could get something before he’s rubbed out for 12 months.

I think the clubs probably caught on and any possible trade offers dropped off the table. Melbourne has really tried to sweep this under the rug and they have catastrophically failed.


How fortunate it may or may not be for the AwFuL that the player’s team may or may not have missed out on the GF, and therefore there may or may not be ramifications on the result of the GF.


I dunno, I reckon it’s going to be a non-obvious player.

Just because I suspect those who might take recreational drugs a bit more frequently may be a bit more switched on to protocols.

It will be Collingwood.

They have a very strong history in this space.

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Sadly Oliver has to be favourite