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Former Bomber attacks ex-AFL teammate
By Roger Vaughan
19:28 AEST Wed Feb 6 2013

Retired Essendon star Mark McVeigh has savaged former teammate Kyle Reimers over the AFL club's anti-doping crisis.

McVeigh has given the strongest defence yet of the club, a day after the Bombers announced they were under a joint Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) and AFL investigation because of supplements supplied to the players last year.

If it is found Essendon players took a banned substance under the world anti-doping code, it will become the biggest scandal in AFL history.

Former ASADA chairman Richard Ings is not nearly as confident as McVeigh about the outcome of the investigation, saying he suspects it is far more serious than players taking a supplement.

There are also unconfirmed reports that underworld elements might somehow be involved in the controversy.

When the story broke on Tuesday, Reimers said in a television report that they were using supplements last season that were "right on the edge".

McVeigh angrily denied there was anything untoward about last year's controversial fitness program at the club.

"Kyle Reimers has come out and said some things that are untrue," McVeigh told SEN radio.

"He's a disgruntled player who was delisted from the football club, who very rarely turned up to pre-season training in any sort of form that resembled a professional footballer.

"Every player knew what we were taking ... if you didn't know, you must have been asleep in the meeting, which Kyle probably was.

"Everything that I took, and I can only speak on my behalf obviously, I knew 100 per cent that it was within the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) and AFL doping regulations."

McVeigh retired from the AFL last year and Reimers was delisted from Essendon at the end of the season.

McVeigh admitted to having off-site injections, but said these were to ensure a sterile environment.

He added they were for vitamins B and C.

The former utility backed key club figures such as coach James Hird, long-time doctor Bruce Reid and chairman David Evans.

He also denied the club made players sign waivers before they took supplements, with McVeigh saying they were consent forms that the players wanted.

"We were going on a different program (where) we hadn't been before ... we'd never really gone into some of the supplements that were being taken," he said.

But Ings is concerned about what the investigation might reveal.

"If this substance does come back and it turned out to be a prohibited substance, (then) it's a house of cards," Ings told FoxSports.

"This could be very serious for the players involved and extremely serious for the club."

Tim Watson, the former Essendon captain and father of current Bombers skipper Jobe, said he was angry when he learnt on Tuesday about the unfolding story.

He said regardless of what the investigation finds, his old club needed to look hard at its management.

"I was thinking about the gullibility of people who are in charge of a football club," Watson told SEN.

Sports scientist Stephen Dank left the club last year and it is understood the Bombers have suspended fitness coach Dean Robinson.

Essendon's new-look fitness regime spectacularly backfired last year, with the club plummeting out of the top eight as they suffered a string of soft-tissue injuries.


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