Demetriou defends AFL's transparency on drugs in the sport

Andrew Demetriou
Andrew Demetriou Getty Images

IT was supposed to be a celebration to launch this season's NAB Cup but instead AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou was forced to answer more probing questions on the use of performance enhancing drugs in the sport.

Amid the furore following on from last week's Australian Crime Commission report, Demetriou was forced into trying to reassure fans the AFL was doing all it could to clean up the game.

"I want to stress to all our supporters that whether it's the NAB Cup or the premiership season, come along and watch their football and have faith in the game, because this is not a widespread problem relating to performance enhancing drugs in our code," he said.

Demetriou did, however, concede the player who was being investigated by the ACC could be playing in the NAB Cup which starts on Friday night at Etihad Stadium with a lightning round-robin between the Bombers - the club where a number of players are under investigation for drug use - the Western Bulldogs and Collingwood.

After receiving clarification from the ACC, Demetriou also said he was unable to notify the club it had a player under investigation.

"We are doing our very best to be transparent on these issues," he said.

"But it's a special set of circumstances and we must comply with the parameters being put upon us by the Australian Crime Commission and its legislation."

Demetriou said if a player was under investigation it would be perfectly normal for the AFL not to know about it.

"There is that chance that the player is playing in the NAB Cup," he said.

"But what I'd say is, in normal circumstances if a player had tested positive to performance enhancing drugs, ASADA would be conducting an investigation in private and there's a potential that a player would be playing in that situation.

"If they are found to be guilty of using performance enhancing drugs, they will be dealt with under the WADA code, and it's exactly the same in this situation."

Demetriou said he would have liked to have been able to be in contact with the second club involved and would ask the ACC if he could do so.

He also said the ACC might have contacted the club or the player directly but was unsure whether that was the case.

He would not be drawn on whether he would prefer the second club to go public if it had been approached by authorities about the suspicion over one of its players.

League officials could face financial penalties or even jail time if they breach strict confidentiality agreements with authorities, Demetriou said.

Topics:  acc afl andrew demetriou aussie rules drugs performance enhancing drugs

Top 10 most popular baby names for Ipswich

Did your name make the list?

Judge hands down heavy sentence for Tia's killer

Tia Maria Jayne Landers was last seen in mid-June. Her body was found at Roys Rd Beerwah on July 3.

Queensland judge extends sentence for sadistic killer

Who was Warriena Wright?

Gable Tostee (right)  logged back on to Tinder just days after Rrie Wright's death.

Wright was more than just the girl who fell from a balcony

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Kindy celebrates golden years

Maisie, Isaac and Abigail from the C&K - Silkstone Baptist Community Kindergarten.

Don't miss cake cutting ceremony with Mayor Paul Pisasale

Five things to do this weekend

GOOD TIMES: Head to the Ipswich Vintage and Veteran Vehicle Club swap meet on Sunday.

What's on in Ipswich

Ripley celebrates puppy pride

Me and My Pet: Lewis, 12 and Charli Adams, 9 show off their best friend, Reggie, the 3 year old Kelpie Cross.

The day will feature a host of entertainment for pets

Selma Blair blames flight outburst on 'psychotic blackout'

Selma Blair

"I am someone who should never drink, and I rarely do"

Bob Dylan acknowledges Nobel Prize win

Bob Dylan has finally acknowledged his Nobel Prize win

WATCH: Trailer for Jackman's final Wolverine film released

First trailer for the last Wolverine film with Hugh Jackman.

Thrilling trailer promises a dark, dystopian finale for Wolverine

Five things to do this weekend

GOOD TIMES: Head to the Ipswich Vintage and Veteran Vehicle Club swap meet on Sunday.

What's on in Ipswich

CCTV footage surfaces of Kim Kardashian West's robbers

The blurry footage shows three men on bikes and two on foot

Cathriona White's mother claims to have Jim Carrey's results

Jim Carrey and late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White

SHE claims Carrey exposed White to herpes, chlamydia, Hepatitis A

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track

OPINION: Dusit Thani Resort needs our full support

An artist impression of the Dusit Thani Brookwater Golf and Spa Resort.

Resort will bring great benefits to Ipswich

Heavyweight enters real estate market

Des Besanko principal and director of Raine and Horne Springfield.

Major rebranding which has seen two big name brands merge