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Drugs in Footy Summit LIVE on Channel 7

Yahoo!7 Updated February 14, 2013, 11:40 am

With Australian sport and the AFL confronting an unprecedented drug and corruption scandal, 7 News will present a special this Thursday night featuring an expert panel to discuss the revelations that have rocked the football world.

As the fallout continues from the Australian Crime Commission report and an ASADA investigation into the Essendon Football Club, the 7 News ‘Drugs in Footy Summit’ will bring together the most influential voices in the AFL.

Hosted by Bruce McAvaney the panel will include:

• AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou
• Minister for Sport Senator the Hon Kate Lundy
• Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton
• Essendon legend Tim Watson
• Brisbane Lions premiership coach Leigh Matthews
• Geelong premiership captain Cameron Ling
• Richmond footballer and AFLPA delegate Daniel Jackson
• AFLPA CEO Matt Finnis
• Former CEO of ASADA Richard Ings

Seven Melbourne Managing Director Lewis Martin said:

"We’ve been told this is the darkest chapter in Australian sport and the AFL, but so many questions remain. And fans deserve some answers. Our panel of experts will delve into the facts and issues around this scandal to give viewers a clearer picture."

The programme will be on at 8.45pm on 7 in Melbourne and later on 7Mate interstate. It be live and interactive online with the viewing audience.

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  1. John Van gend09:43pm Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    this kind of scandales have been going for along time and they should have started look into 30 years ago and they have,nt done it and it willbe along time before any sports in aus or around the world is clean again

  2. Chapelli10:51am Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Rooster, you are a sook! Janet Albrechtsen says Gillard has only managed to turn the PM's office from "that of pm to that of female pm". Feminists lose it for me when they say "women and men are the same" then in the next breath they say " they bring something different to the table". At the risk of sound misogynistic about misandrists, that's illogical, you can't have it both ways

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  3. Areel05:57am Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What a shame the Government won't initiate an investigation into western infidelity. Divorce rates would increase from the present disgusting rate of fifty percent well into the nervous nineties. Kindest regards Areel

  4. Areel05:54am Friday 15th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    A HUGE congratulations to team Labor for initiating this mass clean up of cheats and liars throughout the country. Ms Gillad has already swept through the lies of Mr Abbott with infinite ease , now for the rest of the sporting cheats ! Ms Gillards focus is clearly about cleanliness and purity not only with this investigation but as evidenced by our amazing atmosphere post July 1st 2012. Kindest regards Areel

  5. Dieter11:48pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Not quite sure wether The South African Bladerunner has a spring in his step or a step in his spring??

  6. Gerry10:38pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sounds a lot like the Live Cattle Export Saga doesn't it, This pathetic Government trying once again to blow things out of proportion and detract from their incompetence. The "Blackest day in Australian Sport" comment went right round the world. Our standing in the International community of sport is now definitely under a cloud!

  7. Daniel10:26pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Watched the Footy Summit tonight and I really feel for the players, not just the current players, but the past players who are now feeling that they are being thought of as possible drug cheats. I'm a Pies supporter and I heard Lingy say he was hurt when the media suggested that Geelong's Grand finals wins are now questionable! As much as I was devastated when Geelong beat Collingwood in the Grand Final, the fact is that on the day, Geelong were the better team, and yes it hurts to say that...lol...but I don't think they cheated, I believe they won fair and square. The blackest day in Australian sport was the day the media cast doubts about all Aussie sports people!

  8. Trevor10:23pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    the worst government in history,diverting attention, media a disgrace with headlines of unproven facts, 600 players plus and leaks of illicit drugtaking would surely have surfaced before now

  9. 10:15pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I for one am not really interested in the outcome of any investigation at this point, where big money is involved the truth will never come to the surface.

  10. 10:13pm Thursday 14th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I saw an ex AFL player at Wycheproof in a Grand Final come off the ground absolutely stuffed and could hardly walk at half time. After half time he came out and dominated the game kicked 5 goals and ended up getting the loosing best on ground award. No way could he have come out like that unless he got a jab of something.