James Hird Says Essendon Had No Intention To Cheat The System After Players Copped Doping Bans

17/01/2016 8:13 PM AEDT | Updated January 17, 2016 20:13
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Former Essendon coach James Hird has insisted he had no intention to cheat the system after 34 past and present Bombers players were banned amid the doping scandal that engulfed the AFL club.

Speaking to the ABC in an exclusive interview at The Ethics Centre in Sydney, Hird said he had no overseeing role in the supplements program.

Earlier this week the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld an appeal by the World Anti-doping Authority against an AFL tribunal decision to clear the players of taking the banned substance thymosin-beta 4.

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