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Tribunal dismisses AR drug charges
31 Mar 2015 09:09
An anti-doping tribunal has thrown out drugs charges against 34 professional Australian Rules footballers who were swept up in a sweeping probe that has overshadowed the country's top-flight competition for more than two years. The 34 past and present players for the Melbourne-based Essendon Bombers, one of the Australian Football League's oldest and most successful clubs, were found not guilty by the league's anti-doping tribunal of taking Thymosin Beta-4, a banned supplement believed to aid in tissue repair and regeneration. "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. "The tribunal was not comfortably satisfied that any player was administered Thymosin Beta-4." The 34 were alleged to have been injected with banned supplements in a detailed and highly organised regime during the 2012 championship season.

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