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Nuriootpa Rover Football Club 2015 Premiership player and recently appointed coach, Henry Slattery is among the 34 former and current Essendon players
who have been suspended after being found guilty of doping during the 2012 AFL season.
Nuriootpa Rover Football Club coach, Henry
Slattery, is among the 34 Essendon Football
team players that have been found guilty of
doping while playing in the 2012 season and
will be ineligible to play in any level of football
for 2016 after the Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) overturned the AFL Anti-Doping
Tribunal’s 2015 ruling yesterday.
The club will need a coach replacement
since the players found guilty are banned
from playing in the AFL League and retired
or delisted players lose the right to play or
coach in local leagues.
At the moment, Henry’s sanction of ineli-
gibility backdates from March 31, 2015 and
expires on November 13, 2016.
Henry is still coming to terms with what
this ruling will mean, The Leader contacted
him early yesterday morning and Henry said
he is really disappointed with the outcome.
“It’s been pretty difficult about the deci-
sion. It is looking like I might not be able to
be involved with the club at all. It’s close to
the start of the season. It’s a really difficult
time,” said Henry.
“At this time, it won’t be a good idea to ap-
peal it. The decision has been made. I can’t
seem to process how this came about. It’s really
“I am trying to get in touch with people
involved and AFL lawyers. The information
is slowly filtering through. I might know more
in the next one to two days.”
Henry said that his future is uncertain with
whether he is able to stay involved with the
Nuriootpa Rover Football Club and is waiting
for more information since the ruling.
Chris Linke, president of the Nuriootpa
Rover Football Club, said “It’s all a bit raw.
I’ve talked with Henry and he is quite upset.
We can’t comment until we know exactly what
the ruling is, and what it’s going to mean for
him and for us.”
Barossa, Light and Gawler Football
Association president, Mick Brien said that
the association will not make comment until
they receive an official letter from the SANFL
that will be sent later this week, and that they
wish to respect Henry’s privacy.
Since Henry Slattery’s ban has been back-
dated to March 31, 2015, The Leader asked
Mick Brien if Henry would lose his medal
for playing in the 2015 Premiership side and
whether the NRFC could lose the Premiership
cup for playing an ineligible player?
Mick was adamant that Henry will keep
his medal since he was not banned when he
was playing and that NRFC will keep their
Henry played for the AFL Essendon Football
team from 2005 until 2012. He only played
two games in the 2012 season before he was
recruited to the Port Adelaide Magpies in the
SANFL and moved to South Australia.
In 2013, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping
Authority (ASADA) and the AFL started an
investigation about concerns of alleged inap-
propriate use of supplements by the Essendon
Football team during the 2012 season.
On March 31, 2015, the AFL Anti-Doping
Tribunal found the 34 past and present
Essendon players were not guilty of using a
The ASADA said they would not appeal
the ruling by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal
in April of 2015.
In May last year, the WADA appealed the
case against the decision by the AFL Anti-
Doping Tribunal which dismissed the charges
of breaching the AFL anti-doping code brought
in by the ASADA after alleged use, by means
of injection, of Thymosin Beta-4.
The CAS upheld the WADA’s appeal that
34 past and present players of the Essendon
Football team in the 2012 AFL season were
found guilty of committing an anti-doping
code violation and found “all players were
significantly at fault.”
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