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

17/01/2016 8:13 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Former Essendon coach James Hird speaks for the first time about the Essendon doping scandal at The Ethics Centre on January 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Court of Arbitration for Sport this week upheld an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency against the AFL tribunal's decision to clear 34 past and present Essendon players of taking the banned substance thymosin-beta 4 while Hird was coach. The decision means those players have now been banned from the sport for 12 months. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

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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