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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 25 October 2014
SATURDAY 25 OCTOBER 2014 29 SPORT Players not playing ball with ASADA Former and current Essendon players have opted not to fol- low the Australian Sports and Anti-Doping Authority (ASA- DA) orders and won't respond to the amended 'show cause' notices they were issued last week. The decision taken by the 34 players in question means they may soon be issued with infraction notices, but also gives them an opportunity to clear their names in front of the AFL Anti-Doping Tri- bunal. The players' legal team has requested ASADA bring the matter before the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel (ADRVP) within seven days. If they don't comply, the legal team will request that the AFL gen- eral counsel be given the evi- dence so it can be dealt with in accordance to the league's anti-doping code in the hopes of reaching a ruling faster. The AFL Players' Associa- tion (AFLPA) released a state- ment this week highlighting the damage already caused by the investigation and said it has taken too long to get anywhere close to a resolu- tion. "This process has already taken up 21 months - about half the average AFL player's career," the statement said. "The prospect that players would have to endure a third season with these proceeding (sic) hanging over their head is simply unacceptable. "The players want this mat- ter resolved quickly and fairly. It is time to bring this matter to an end." ASADA said it expects the ADRVP to consider each play- er's case individually early next month, but "due to the complexity and volume of material", the process could take even longer than usual. The AFLPA now wants to see the AFL take on the onus to prove the players were ad- ministered the banned sub- stance, Thymosin Beta 4. "While ASADA is only re- quired to demonstrate to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel (ADRVP) a 'possibility' of a violation, the much high- er standard proof of 'comfort- able satisfaction' is required to be proved by the AFL at the AFL Anti-Doping tribu- nal," the statement read. Source: ABC The AFL Players Association has chastised the whole process and wants to see a quick resolution to the issue Thirty-four former and current Essendon players won’t be responding to ‘show cause’ notices. PHOTO: AAP/JOE CASTRO. AFL fans itching for 2015 season news got a treat this week, with the round one fixtures announced and it's a doozy for Collingwood fans. Brisbane's prized recruit Dayne Beams will take on his former Collingwood team- mates in the first round of the 2015 AFL competition. The Lions will host the Magpies at the Gabba, pre- senting Beams with an early reunion with Collingwood. Beams was traded to Bris- bane from Collingwood dur- ing the AFL trade period last week after requesting to re- turn to his home state. Richmond and Carlton will kick off the competition on Easter Thursday, April 2 at the MCG, just four days after the World Cup cricket final at the ground. There will be no Good Fri- day game but Saturday's fix- tures will be headlined by the Brisbane-Collingwood clash. Easter Sunday will see a re- play of this year's semi-final between Fremantle and Port Adelaide. Premier Hawthorn will renew its rivalry with Geelong on Easter Monday. The AFL will release the full draw next Thursday. Round one fixtures 2015: Thursday April 2 Carlton v Richmond Saturday April 4 Melbourne v Gold Coast Sydney Swans v Essendon Brisbane Lions v Collingwood Western Bulldogs v West Coast Sunday April 5 St Kilda v Greater Western Sydney Adelaide v North Melbourne Fremantle v Port Adelaide Monday April 6 Hawthorn v Geelong Source: ABC Beams grudge match highlights Round 1 Dayne Beams will be the centre of attention for round one next year. PHOTO: AAP/DANIEL MUNOZ. South Sydney Rabbitohs have signed a deal that will see Crown chairman James Packer take up a co-owner stake in the club. He, alongside co-owner Rus- sell Crowe will hold a 75 per cent stake. Packer has taken up Peter Holmes à Court's 37.5 per cent share of the Rabbitohs, with Holmes à Court giving his blessing. "Today I am asking our fans, our members, to back a new team, Russell and James. I know they will help take the club to another level," Holmes à Court said. The Crowe-Packer partner- ship will secure the club's funding in the future, giving Rabbitohs CEO Nicholas Pap- pas some peace of mind. James Packer's father, Kerry, was a Souths fan, but sadly couldn't pass it on to his son, who has always followed the Sydney Roosters. This year the Rabbitohs had a spectacular comeback, win- ning the NRL grand final af- ter 43 years. The club was saved from the brink of extinction and finan- cial ruin with the help of Pap- pas and number one fan, Rus- sell Crowe. Holmes à Court and Crowe paid $3 million to acquire Souths back in 2006. There have been suggestions the estimated value of Souths at present would be about $20 million. Source: News Limited Pappas’ Rabbitohs welcomes Packer James Packer now a co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. PHOTO: AAP/RICHARD WAINWRIGHT. A meeting with Pope Francis this week could not have been timed bet- ter for Bayern Munich as the German champions demolished Italian team Roma 7-1 in the Champi- ons League. They have now firmly established themselves as one of the frontrun- ners for Europe's top club competition this season. Seems like a little bit of divine intervention goes a long way. The benefits of divine intervention Bayern Munich presenting a gift for Pope Francis. PHOTO: ALEXANDRA ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN/FC BAYERN MUENCHEN.
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