Essendon players not guilty of banned supplement use

Australia’s peak sports anti-doping body (ASADA) will announce tomorrow whether it will appeal the tribunal’s finding.

“What happened at Essendon in 2012 was, in my opinion, absolutely and utterly disgraceful,” ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt said in a statement on Tuesday.

“It was not a supplements program but an injection regime and the players and the fans were so poorly let down by the club.

“While I am obviously disappointed that the charges in this instance have not been proven to the comfortable satisfaction of the tribunal, I am pleased that the tribunal was able to finally hear these matters.”

The not guilty finding by the three-man tribunal was a unanimous one.

“The tribunal was comfortably satisfied that the substance thymosin beta-4 was at the relevant time a prohibited substance under the code,” tribunal chairman David Jones said in a statement.