Sport

Demetriou expects 'spike' in AFL players' positive drug tests

Andrew Demetriou
Andrew Demetriou Getty Images

CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou admitted he expected a "spike" in the number of AFL players recording positive drug tests this year, in line with a major increase in the use of illicit drugs in Victoria.

But speaking ahead of yesterday's historic AFL drugs summit in Melbourne, Demetriou told radio station 3AW he thought the AFL's three strikes drug regime was working.

He said the policy, criticised by clubs because they weren't notified of the situation until after the third strike, had been "adopted around the world".

Demetriou also said he did not believe the self-reporting "loophole", which allows players to report the fact they are using drugs in order to avoid a strike, was being exploited to the extent suggested in some media reports in recent days.

"I can tell you that it is not being abused to the extent that's being reported," he said.

"There's probably a loophole there … that I am sure will be discussed today and closed.

"We have got two very experienced medical officers and if they believe a player is rorting the system, I don't believe they will allow the self-notification.

"I think you'll see today issues around a limit on how many times you can self-notify in a period of time."

The summit was attended by club presidents and administrators, police, psychologists and representatives of the Australian Drug Foundation and the AFL Players Association.

Demetriou said while he was going into the summit with an open mind, he was convinced players who did the wrong thing would be caught.

"Like in any group of people, there are some players out there who think they are above the rules and regulations of the code, or above worrying about the image or the role model that they hold in the code," he said.

"And if they do that… they do that at their peril. There's no place for them in the game."

Topics:  afl, australian drug foundation, drugs




Man burned in factory incident

A woman has given birth to twins at a Nambour home overnight, with the babies arriving before paramedics could get there.

Paramedics treat man for burns to face and hands

Boy, 2, drowns in dam at private property

The scene of a drowning in the Lockyer Valley.

Paramedics unable to revive boy after he was found in dam

Shonky shed fines now total $250,000

NOBODY HOME: The former Logan house of Paul DeBruin.

Building watchdog hits hard

Latest deals and offers

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

Katy Perry: 'I stay normal with therapy'

Katy Perry says she relies on therapy to help her 'stay normal'

World's highest-paid actor revealed

The highest-paid actors in the world have been revealed

Jessica Alba regrets her tattoos

Jessica Alba regrets getting her tattoos

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa