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Essendon coach James Hird believes the possible lifetime ban facing sports scientist Stephen Dank is a positive for the club, as the Bombers await a to see if ASADA appeals the not-guilty verdict handed to 34 past and present players.
Hird said he hadn’t read about the decision handed down by the AFL anti-doping tribunal on Friday night, which found Dank guilty of 10 breaches out of the 34 charges relating to prohibited substances.
“The only thing I was told is that Essendon players would be very happy with the result and that’s great,” he said after the 21-point win against Carlton on Saturday. “For us, we’ve got footy to play and we’re excited that we can move on.”
The tribunal did not find enough evidence to prosecute Dank for charges relating to the use of thymosin beta-4, which had been central to the quashed violations by the 34 Essendon players.
However, the tribunal did find Dank guilty of attempting to traffic banned drugs during his time at Essendon and the Gold Coast Suns.
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