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AFL, ASADA to share Essendon drugs saga documents after tribunal hearing

Lawyers for the AFL and Australian Sports Anti-Doping Association have agreed to share their Essendon doping investigation correspondence with former Test cricketer Bruce Francis, who is seeking exoneration for the 34 Bombers players who were suspended for breaching the WADA code.

The retired batsman has initiated the tribunal proceedings as part of a crusade to absolve the Essendon players, as well as former Bombers coach James Hird and sports scientist Stephen Dank, alleging that ASADA manipulated evidence to charge them with doping breaches.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is being represented in the proceedings.

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan is being represented in the proceedings. Credit:Getty Images

Francis, who is seeking redacted information and greater transparency from ASADA in relation to the doping saga, was told in a Brisbane administrative appeals tribunal on Wednesday that the AFL and ASADA are preparing to hand over correspondence they shared in relation to the investigation.

Francis alleges that ASADA had insufficient evidence to charge Essendon players with the administration of Thymosin Beta-4, and that ASADA either lied in its November 3, 2014 presentation to the Anti-Doping Review Violation Panel about the evidence it had, or that the ADRVP were incompetent.

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