Mick Gatto confirms he spoke to Essendon during height of doping scandal
Michael Warner, Herald Sun
10 minutes ago
UNDERWORLD enforcer Mick Gatto has sensationally confirmed he was approached by a senior Essendon figure at the height of the drugs saga to “find out what was going on with it all”.
The Herald Sun has obtained a video of Gatto being interviewed by The Footy Show star Sam Newman at a Lygon St restaurant this afternoon.
“With this one, I did get embroiled in it and I was approached,” Gatto said at Villa Romana.
Pressed by Channel 9’s Sam Newman if he was approached by an official of the Essendon Football Club to help fix the doping mess, Gatto said: “I was. I was. But it wouldn’t be very professional of me to divulge who.
“They just wanted me to find out what was going on with it all and what I could find out and have a feel around.”
Mick Gatto interviewed by Sam Newman today.
Gatto then shifted the conversation to how he had also assisted supplements supplier Shane Charter.
“But listen, before you go down that track, I was approached by Shane Charter,” he said.
“Now Shane came and saw me and he said: ‘Mate, I’ve been hard done by here’.
“And he said: ‘I can prove without any shadow of a doubt that the supplement they brought over here’, the Miso-4 (Thymosin beta-4) or whatever it was, ‘I can prove that it wasn’t that, it was something else’.
“He had compelling evidence that it was legal.
“We done a deal with some members of Essendon who tried to do a deal and he wanted to be paid for it because of his hardship and what he had been dragged through. They wouldn’t hand over so they went and paid lawyers millions of dollars instead.”
The Carlton identities revelations will be embarrassing for Essendon which last night claimed there were “no dealings” between a senior club official and the man acquitted for the murder of hitman Andrew “Benji” Veniamin 12 years ago.
Gatto proved he had shot Veniamin in self-defence.
The Herald Sun was provided with footage of the interview by sports and gossip website 15 Minutes of Fame.