Category Archives: AFLgate

Breaking News: Essendon saga back to the courts

Tonight on the Footy Show it was revealed that Stephen Dank is challenging his lifetime ban from sports in the Supreme Court (presumably the Victorian Supreme Court). Unsurprisingly the insiders were very indignant – after all they are going to … Continue reading

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Allan Hird: Why did WADA go after Essendon players but let Russian drug cheats go unpunished?

IF only the Essendon players had been Russians. The banned Bombers players would have been free to play in the 2016 season, and Jobe Watson would have kept his Brownlow. The New York Times reporter Rebecca R. Ruiz has revealed … Continue reading

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Allan Hird: Essendon’s drugs saga lessons ignored in new sport integrity review

SPORTS Minister Greg Hunt has slipped his review of the integrity arrangements in Australian Sport into the public arena without fanfare. Once you see the terms of reference and who is on the panel you can understand why the Minister … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird Reply to Greg Hunt

The Australian on 22 & 23 May 2017 published four articles all supporting the Sports Minister Greg Hunt’s proposed new national integrity unit to handle drugs in sport. Good on Mr Hunt for recognising that in his words ‘we don’t … Continue reading

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Taylor v McLachlan and others

Cats may recall this case – a fan suing the AFL over the AFLgate scandal. Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor has lodged a writ against outgoing AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick and chief executive Gillon McLachlan, alleging acts of deceptive or misleading … Continue reading

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The standard you walk past …

It is always a mistake to compromise on a matter of principle. I was reminded of this principle on the train home from the annual ANZAC day AFL match between Essendon and Collingwood.  This match is a highlight in the … Continue reading

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Well, well, well.

Fairfax media are reporting: The deal was presented as another win for billionaire deal maker James Packer, with his online gambling business CrownBet breaking into the lucrative NSW betting market through a “digital partnership” with the state’s 1200 registered clubs. … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Allan Hird WADA inquiry needed in light of Essendon drug scandal

BRITAIN’S House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has established an inquiry, Combatting Doping in Sport, into WADA and the UK anti-doping authority. Olivier Niggli, WADA Director General, flew to London from Montreal to give evidence. Niggli was asked … Continue reading

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Escaping accountability

The ABC is reporting: Controversial ASADA chief executive, Ben McDevitt, has confirmed he will leave the agency when his three-year contract ends in May. I’m happy to see the back of McDevitt – whom now even the ABC recognise as … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Allan Hird Patrick Smith ignores the truth in his articles on my son James Hird

On Wednesday on Melbourne radio, The Australian’s columnist Patrick Smith claimed the purpose of his two articles about my son James Hird was to protect the truth. I find that risible. In my opinion, his “truth” is a distortion of … Continue reading

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