AFL drops charges against Essendon doctor

Dr Reid had been due back in the Victorian Supreme Court tomorrow to continue his challenge against the AFL who had charged him, Essendon coach James Hird, senior assistant coach Mark Thompson and football manager Danny Corcoran with bringing the sport into disrepute.

Mr Hird, Mr Thompson and Mr Corcoran all accepted their sanctions, but Dr Reid chose to take his case to court.

In a statement issued today, Dr Reid said he shared the AFL’s concerns over the circumstances of the supplements saga.

Dr Reid said the failures of Essendon’s high performance unit had led to him being marginalised by those in control of the supplements program.

“I support the stance taken by the AFL and the AFL Medical Officers Association in requiring appropriate governance at club level (particularly in terms of ‘sports science’), including a hierarchy of control which ensures a club doctor is the key person with the responsibility