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AFL charges Essendon over supplements program

Australian Football League charges Essendon club over supplements program

AFL charges Essendon over supplements program

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- The Australian Football League has charged the Essendon Australian Rules club, its coach and team doctor with bringing the sport into disrepute for operating a supplements program that saw players possibly injected with banned substances.

ALF general counsel Andrew Simmons said the club, head coach James Hird, assistant Mark Thompson, football manager Danny Corcoran and doctor Bruce Reid would answer the charges at an AFL commission hearing on Aug. 26.

The charges follow an investigation into the Essendon supplements program by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. The ASADA investigation is ongoing and no doping charges have been laid against any Essendon player.

The supplements allegedly included AOD9604, listed by WADA as a banned substance.