Sorry Saga - “It’s actually quite funny people thinking they know more than they actually do”


Once again, a bit dated. But it’s the funniest thing I’ve read in ages… Talk about laugh.

Press Release

5th February 2018

Athletes are entitled to have confidence in judicial processes at all levels, more particularly before the CAS.

CAS has heard the comments of IOC President, Thomas Bach and acknowledges the concerns raised which CAS will thoroughly examine.

The reasoned decisions in high profile cases are critically important. The Panels in the cases of the 39 Russian athletes are working on them, and we look forward to their publication as soon as possible

CAS will continue to evolve to ensure consistency and quality of jurisprudence.

John Coates AC
President, International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS)


‘* Does not apply to the EFC.

Just a quick edit for accuracy.


I don’t think Reid has ever come out defending his record keeping in terms of his obligations under the code.
We know that Evans was snooping around the club the weekend before the alleged self report. Maybe Reid knew Evans got his grubby hands on to the register and is keeping quiet.


Here’s an example of what the ‘member of the public’ is requesting in the FOI, first requested in July 2016 & obstructed with claims by ASADA that releasing such would be a breach of player confidentiality and by the AFL as damaging to its commercial interests. Make up your own mind.


Perhaps ASADA could be sensitive about the dates on the forms?


After The EFC 34 experience with WADA and ASADA how on earth could anyone trust them or believe a word they say?

Six of one half a dozen of the other, they say, “don’t go public as a whistle blower come to us we’ll protect you.” Yes, right, I have someone in mind who did very nicely, thanks; at everyone else’s expense. Are WADA softly, softly, warning people to keep Mum?

A person stays silent, sells out their team mates and is rewarded later on. A person goes public and everything known about you is leaked accidently, no one who knows who is responsible and those who do know, will not say but; lives are forever stained. And thank God we do not live in Russia. Great deal!


I did post that Bruce will have an interest in the dates of the doping tests. And possibly Bruce wants to ensure each form is correctly filled out as per the WADA code.


The report by the UK Parliamentary Committee - Combating Doping in Sport- is scheduled to be released Monday.
The original Committee inquiry lapsed as a consequence of the UK elections, but the current Committee decided to finalise the report. It is expected to mainly address cycling and athletics, with mention of poor record keeping. Coe could get a hit in relation to his knowledge of Russian doping.


Coe is a grub…sorry Lord Coe is a grub.


The English translation of the Swiss Federal Tribunal report is now available
A quick read suggests that the Tribunal findings largely relate to what it considered to be tactical procedural errors by the Players counsel during the CAS process.
Hopefully, some legal experts will compare the approach with Australian procedural law


Lord Grub


Colour me cynical about the UK Parliamentary Committee report - Politicians want the best of both worlds - Cheerleaders when athletes win medals and self-righteous when their is a sniff of a scandal.


cant open that is there anyway you can post the entire document?


I assume the document is the same as can be found as a pdf here;


Think it is obvious why the AFL has come out supporting Hirdy’s return.

Looks like Jackson Taylor is getting his day in court and will be assisted by Julian Burnside.


Brent Prismall writes like a 6 year old


Fantastic. Burnside is seriously good help.

Gil better not be getting used to sitting in his chair in the big office.


From the Herald Sun tonight

Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, to lead case against AFL chief, ex-commission chairman
Michael Warner, Exclusive, Herald Sun
31 minutes ago
Subscriber only
THE Essendon drugs saga will return to court just days before this month’s season opener.

Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, is leading a case brought against AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and former commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.

He is representing Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor, who alleges misleading and deceptive conduct during the five-year supplements scandal.

At a Supreme Court hearing before Justice John Dixon on March 19, three days before the Richmond-Carlton opener, lawyers for the AFL will argue for a limited trial.

If that application is dismissed, McLachlan, Fitzpatrick, former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou and former AFL integrity unit manager Brett Clothier face the prospect of being called to give evidence.

No senior AFL figure involved in the Essendon saga has ever been cross-examined in the witness box.

AFL chief executive Gillon Mclachlan and former AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick may face the prospect of being called to give evidence. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside, QC, is leading a case brought against AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan and former commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.
The case alleges McLachlan and Fitzpatrick contravened consumer law by misleading or deceiving the public over the AFL’s conduct in the saga, to protect its commercial interests and reputation.

It centres on a series of public comments by senior AFL figures.

These include:

McLACHLAN’S denials that he asked the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to “take bits out” of an interim report unfavourable to the AFL.

McLACHLAN’S denials that he tried to engineer outcomes before Essendon players and officials were interviewed by ASADA and the AFL.

FITZPATRICK’S denial that he told axed Essendon football boss Danny Corcoran in March 2016 that “your mate (James) Hird will never get back into football”.

Court documents revealing Mr Burnside’s involvement in the case were filed last month.

The AFL recently publicly endorsed Hird’s return to football, saying it supports Fremantle’s approach to him.

In an affidavit filed in February, lawyer Mark Dobbie, for the AFL, estimated “the likely duration of the trial at eight to 10 hearing days, but possibly more if (Mr Taylor) intends to call multiple witnesses”.

“I estimate the AFL will want to call between six to eight witnesses,” he said.

“Each will need to be proofed for the purpose of preparing detailed witness statements. As I have already indicated, some of the witnesses are now located overseas which is likely to make the task more difficult and costly.”

Mr Dobbie said “many, many thousands of documents will need to be sourced, collated and reviewed”.

The AFL applied last March for a dismissal of the case unless security for costs was provided. Security was provided.

Taylor, who has worked with law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler in Melbourne and Latham and Watkins in London, launched his case in February last year.

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Great news! Well done, Jackson!


Love it!