Essendon board had no knowledge of injecting program: Little

Essendon chairman Paul Little has “categorically” denied that the club’s board had any knowledge of Stephen Dank’s controversial injecting program.

In an open letter to members on Monday night, Little addressed recent comments from former coach Mark Thompson that claimed there were some members of the 2012 board who were aware of the supplements regime that has 34 past and present Bombers players facing anti-doping bans.

“In relation to comments made by Mark Thompson on 3AW radio over the weekend, it is important members are aware that there are a number of factual inaccuracies contained in these unhelpful comments,” Little said.

“Mark alleged that some members of the Essendon board were aware of the program of injections being conducted by Steven Dank,” he said.

“Members of the Essendon Football Club board can categorically state that the board had no knowledge of the extensive program of injections conducted by Stephen Dank and at no stage did anybody involved, including Mark, raise concerns with the board about the program.

“He further seemed to suggest that the club has not done anything to rectify the governance failings which were evident three years ago and for which the club has been heavily and appropriately punished.

“The EFC has made significant improvements to its governance procedures across all areas of the club.”

These initiatives have been made public and continue to form part of our governance framework internally.”

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