Players told to dob in dodgy docs

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Essendon chairman David Evans announces a full external review of the club's governance and processes.

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou. Picture: Glenn Daniels Source: Herald Sun

AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis speaks to the media. Picture: Glenn Daniels Source: Herald Sun

TWO AFL players have used the new whistleblower policy to report irregular practices at their clubs to the league.

The AFL has revealed two players have already taken advantage of the league's new whistleblower policy to report irregular practices at their clubs to the league.

The policy was introduced following the Australian Crime Commission's report into the possible use of drugs and match fixing in Australian sport and guarantees confidentiality for anyone coming forward with information.

AFLPA boss Matt Finnis today encouraged more players to come forward if they have important information.

"Gone are the days where you rely upon drug test results to tackle performance enhancing drugs," Finnis told SEN.

"If those players do have information concerns or issues ... they are duty-bound to share that.

"So if players are taking advantage of that, then I think that's a positive thing."

Finnis said suggestions players might be asked to keep a register of friends and associates to assist with AFL investigations were news to him.

"We've never had any conversation with the AFL about players having to declare lists of friends or anything like that."

Finnis is in Canberra today to make a presentation at a Senate inquiry into issues surrounding integrity in sport and the powers of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

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AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou confirmed last night that the two unnamed players were the first to come forward under the new whistleblower rules.

''Since the ACC findings a couple of players have already come forward,'' Demetriou told Fairfax media. ''They both said: 'I wanted to come forward before but I didn't'.''

While he wouldn't reveal what clubs the players were from, or detail what information they revealed, Demetriou said it proved that players were prepared to break their silence for fear of being labelled "dobbers".

''It's not the 1960s or the 1970s. We're talking about potential funding cuts, millions of dollars in lost sponsorship, brand damage and potential litigation against board members - that's to use the analogy of what's happening at Essendon at the moment," he said.

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''If that situation is not a wake-up call, I'm not sure what is, and to their credit the clubs seem to understand that. All the rule changes we announced are in train.

''The whistleblower service will protect individuals who come forward, guarantee confidentiality and offer reduced sanctions to those who put their hands up and, in some cases, no sanctions."

Former Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett tees off on AFL boss Andrew Demetriou.

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