Essendon fans face a bleak 2016 following the suspension of 34 past and present players, the AFL Fans Association says.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this morning revealed it had upheld the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) appeal. The Essendon players involved have been suspended for the 2016 season.
AFLFA president Gerry Eeman says it is a sad day for AFL football and the verdict will affect the entire 2016 season.
While the AFLFA does not feel it is appropriate for it to comment on the rights or wrongs of the three-year saga, Gerry says it feels for Essendon fans who have already endured three years of pain.
“There are no winners in this sorry saga and many losers,” Gerry says. “We really feel for loyal Essendon fans who have stuck by their team throughout. They are all shattered today and rightly so.”
AFLFA membership is free and fans are encouraged to join at www.aflfans.org.au.