SIX Rugby League clubs have come forward and confirmed they were named in the Australian Crime Commission report into match fixing and doping in Australian sports after being notified by the NRL last night.
They include Manly, Cronulla, Newcastle, North Queensland, Penrith and Canberra.
The Australian Crime Commission yesterday notified the AFL and NRL they could inform clubs who were under investigation.
The ACC said it was bound by law not to name players or clubs, but would leave this up to the codes themselves.
The AFL has also been informed, but have yet to pass on details to the specific clubs involved.
Deputy CEO of the AFL, Gillion Mclachlan, said the code knew of only two possible cases of use of performance enhancing drugs.
“There are some potential historical issues that we are investigating,” Gillion said.
He stated the AFL season would go ahead as planned while the investigation took place.
The league decided not approach clubs or players involved in the controversy, due to a lack of specific details.
Essendon has already come clean and admitted it is one of the clubs who was being looked into, after the sports scientist at the center of the scandal claimed management at the club knew what was happening.
Stephen Dank told the ABC’s 7.30 Report Bombers coach James Hird and performance manger Dean Robinson, were “aware of what was happening”.
Dank has also been involved with five NRL clubs over the past 20 years, including time with Manly during their 2008 premiership win.
The sports scientist admits to running a controversial supplements program while he was with the Sea Eagles, as well as injecting players with calves blood.
Dank denies this was done in secret. He told the 7.30 Report “any elite system pushes towards a boundary” and didn’t consider what he was doing as any different to the practices of other clubs.
Both codes have stated they don’t believe doping or drug use is rife across the sports.
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley however feels the doping scandal has overshadowed use of illicit drugs within the sports.
“The performance-enhancing (issue) has pushed illicit drugs off the agenda,” Buckley said.
Buckley has called for more specific details to be released in regards to both doping and illicit drugs use, after the AFL board decided not to inform clubs who was being investigated by the ACC.
Both the NRL and AFL have promised to work openly with the ACC investigation, and several players from Rugby League have already been stood down while they are investigated.