Bombers or AFL terrorists?

I HAVE to admire Essendon's ability to overcome adversity in the AFL this season.

Despite the on-going ASADA investigation still hanging over their heads, the Bombers have won five-straight to lead the competition.

They've produced some stirring victories in that time, including this week's Anzac Day clash with Collingwood at the MCG.

Essendon had not saluted in the match, or even beat Collingwood, since 2009 but they were all class in this year's 46-point thrashing.

Apart from a few nervous moments early, the Bombers were in total control and blew Collingwood off the park in the last quarter.

Essendon's performances have been fantastic to watch and the players clearly haven't let the doping scandal affect them.

But the big issue with their winning streak is that the ASADA investigation is still far from over.

Even if the club has used the scrutiny as motivation for their perfect start to the season, it is a very real and serious issue that is not going to go away easily.

And if this investigation is going to amount to anything, then Essendon is likely to be one club facing some harsh punishment.

The Bombers admitted to drug investigators this week that some of their players took a banned anti-obesity drug last year.

Essendon officials said they relied on a document purported to have been issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency approving use of the substance, which WADA has confirmed was in fact banned.

The letter is unlikely to save players from lengthy bans and it raises the question of just what the AFL will do if, or when, the Bombers lose players for doping.

Essendon is playing like a team capable of winning the flag at the moment but should they really be given that chance?

It turns the competition into a joke when you have a team with an unfair advantage at the top.

It was the same story with the Bulldogs and Storm salary cap scandals in the NRL.

If the Bombers have a case to answer over illegal doping, then they cannot continue to compete.

I know it takes time to formulate a case and it's better to get the right result than a quick one.

But the integrity of the whole competition is at stake the longer this saga drags on.

If the AFL doesn't want the indignity of "title withdrawn" on the premiership trophy, then they need a ruling from ASADA sooner rather the later.

It would be a massive black eye for the code to have its best team knocked out because it was filled with drug cheats.



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