Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has backed the AFL Commission to sort out the mess which has become of the Essendon supplement saga.
The torrid affair came to a head yesterday with the AFL releasing the grounds for charges laid on the Bombers, coach James Hird, football operations manager Danny Corcoran, club doctor Bruce Reid and senior assistant coach Mark Thompson.
The release of the information prompted a war of words between the AFL and the Essendon camp, with Hird this morning lodging documents with the Supreme Court.
Speaking before training today, Lyon said he had faith in the Commission to deal with the heated situation.
“All of us have been really patient, it’s clearly coming to a head,” he said.
“As a football coach it is a bit emotional because, it’s a distraction, but we all see the release yesterday and we’re sitting there wondering what’s going on, we’re looking for a conclusion.
“I have real empathy for all parties involved, there’s a lot of great football coaches, players and great AFL administrators that are at loggerheards and trying to sort out a problem.
“I like the fact, natural justice, everybody gets an opportunity ... to put their case forward and be heard, so I’ll let the professionals deal with what that looks like and the outcomes.
“The stewardship of the game has been in great hands with the AFL Commission since inception ... so I still have great faith in the leadership of the Commission, headed up by Mike Fitzpatrick.”
Lyon said whatever the outcome, the game would go on.
“I’m sure everyone will work their way through it and the game will continue to thrive, that’s the game we all love so much,” he said.
“I just feel for everyone in there, they’re all really good people, I don’t think we can make personal judgements on anyone.
“All of us at times can lose our way or get confused.
“From mine, I’d like to just keep supporting everyone involved and hopefully there’s conclusions where the game goes ahead and grows.”