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"Essendon 34" considering appeal to Swiss Court

  • "Essendon 34" considering appeal to Swiss Court

It seems like the never-ending story as reports are filtering that the Essendon 34 are considering appealing their bans to the Swiss Court and take out an injunction on the CAS.

The injunction would allow the players to participate in the 2016 season while their appeal continues. 

Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, who is also a lawyer, revealed that he has been in contact with Swiss lawyers and labelled the finding against the Essendon 34 as a "grave injustice"

The Western Bulldogs have two players, Stewart Crameri (AFL) and Brent Prismall (VFL) who are affected by the 12 month ban and are both crucial to their respective sides.

Speaking on ABC Radio, Gordon says these men will go down in sporting history.

“History will show these young men have been subject to one of the gravest injustices in Australian sporting history,” Mr Gordon said.

“I’m looking at it myself because we’ve got two players involved in it and I know the lawyers for the other 32 players are investigating it.

“There can’t be a full hearing (in the Swiss Federal Tribunal) before the start of the full season. (So there could be an) urgent injunction to stay the effect of the CAS ruling until a full hearing of the tribunal.”

Mr Gordon also stated that the six judges that looked over the case, both the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal and the Court of Arbitration, four of them voted against the players being suspended.

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