The federal government has no interest in enforcing private rules beyond providing courts of law to enforce contracts.
Beyond that – the Essendon club should have contested any and all allegations if they believed that they had no case to answer. There should have been no acceptance of penalties last year, and no cooperation with a government investigation that is now being challenged as being inappropriate.
Herein is the challenge – the club under previous management invited the investigation, fully cooperated, and under new management accepted sanctions last year. This year Paul Little and his board were threatening James Hird with dismissal if his wife didn’t stop criticising the entire process.