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EXCLUSIVE: 'It's a dark day for sport'

Yahoo!7 February 7, 2013, 4:58 pm

AFL legend Tim Watson says "it really has been a dark day for sport" after an Australian Crime Commission’s secret probe revealed widespread drug use, match-fixing and organised crime in our major professional codes.

The explosive findings of a 12-month investigation, codenamed Project Aperio, into the integrity of Australian sport and the relationship between professional sporting bodies, prohibited substances, including peptides, hormones and illicit drugs, and organised crime were released yesterday.

It said the links may have resulted in match-fixing and fraudulent manipulation of betting markets.

Speaking to Seven News this afternoon, Tim Watson said he was shocked by the enormity of the revelations, adding the expose should be a ‘wake- up call’ for Australian professional sport.

"As a sports lover I was shocked by the detail they released today and the enormity of the problem and the breadth and width of this problem stretched across our country," Watson said.

"It really has been a dark day for sport in this country.

"I think there will be a lot of people that will go to bed tonight that will be completely disillusioned by what they've found out today."

Watson said it was a wake-up call for sport in Australia, and he hoped the scrutiny will ultimately benefit codes around the country.

"I think it's a wake-up call for everyone associated, not only with AFL sports, but other elite sports around the country," Watson said.

"For so long we've thought the corruption and illegal behaviours only existed in sports on the other side of the world but now we know it's on our doorstep.

"To be perfectly frank what they need to do is they need to add levels of scrutiny to, not just the participants in the sport, but those associated in levels of administration in those sports as well.

"Some of those participants, be it coaches or the other staff inside AFL clubs, need to keep some self analysis of what sport is really all about because I think that's what today's announcement is all about."

Watson said he initially feared his son, Essendon skipper Jobe, could lose his 2012 Brownlow Medal if the club was found to have been doping.

"(Losing the Brownlow) would be devastating but (Jobe's) not concerned about that, and because he’s not concerned about that, I’m not concerned about that either," Watson said.

"I have spoken to Jobe and I was concerned, but I had a good convo with him.

“It was the first time I’d spoken to him about it since the story broke. I have got an acute understanding now of what’s taken place."

Fans have also been left devastated by the latest allegations, saying they can no longer trust their sporting idols.

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  1. Tony07:12am Saturday 09th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I said it once before and I will say it again ... Amentohep - you truly are an idiotttttt!!! - how dare you breathe our Australian air........

  2. Darryl03:21pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Can someone, anyone, please explain to me how 1 Player can be made out to be the Antichrist over Drug use while another player who is deceased as the result of a Drug overdose, is given a HEROES match each year. Something doesn't add up and surely all clubs are involved as are a large % of our population today.

  3. Lou12:37pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What is the difference between a needle during a game so you can keep on playing and other drugs.

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  4. underarm_bowler12:36pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A storm in a teacup. Brush it under the rug and let's move on to more important matters like playing

  5. Lou12:34pm Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How come players can have a needle to get rid of pain during a game and that is legal.

  6. Flyingpig10:09am Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    it all #$%$ it more like the lighten up for them. without drug they will not win anything but a sloppy players, so let them be and enjoy the game ok. doper will always a DOPER. Happy playing sport for a career!

  7. 07:03am Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Of course we all know that NRL rugby league will be by far the worst for anything dodgy.

  8. Glib07:00am Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Team sports reflect the society at large. In the case of Australia, dumbed-down insecure macho yobbos.

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  9. Alan01:38am Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    "snorting cocaine"......what a load of sh$#"...you must be an idiot if you think anyone with even half a brain is going to believe that #$%$

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  10. isdon12:39am Friday 08th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How can the clubs say they know nothing when they persist in the three stricks rule that means the player have used drugs twice befor they are named. That says it all