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Chiefs summoned for crisis talks
Chiefs summoned for crisis talks

WA sport supremo Ron Alexander has summoned leaders of WA's major sporting codes to meet on Monday to discuss yesterday's explosive Australian Crime Commission revelations on drug use.

As two senior West Coast players mounted a spirited defence of the club's conditioning practices after the admission from AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou that the league's sports scientists were outsmarting its drug-testing regime, Mr Alexander called for a balanced reaction to the report.

He believed that crisis also created opportunity for "clever people".

"Sometimes incremental changes occur over time in sport and you need, from time to time, to step back from it and realise that something is not right," WA's Department of Sport and Recreation director-general said.

"For example, when a footballer needs to be injected twice a week to play a game at the weekend, there is something wrong. I regard the report as both worrisome and an opportunity to hit the reset button. What do we need to smarten up on? What do we need to do more of?"

But as the widespread fallout from the report continued last night, West Coast captain Darren Glass and veteran utility Andrew Embley both strongly declared the club, rocked in 2007 by a drugs furore, strictly followed legitimate conditioning practices.

"The club is very diligent," Glass said.

"The players are only allowed to get supplements from the club that have been checked by our medical team.

"We're not allowed to source our own supplements. We're educated that there are supplements on the market which contain illegal stuff, particularly the stuff from the United States which you can buy online."

Glass said he would be "shocked" if there was widespread doping in the AFL.

"I'd just be devastated for the game, not necessarily feeling cheated personally but I'd just be devastated," he said.

"It would be pretty disappointing to hear that was going on. People want to see a fair, honest contest so let's hope this doesn't take that away.

"People can scrutinise us if they like. I'm pretty confident our list is in good shape."

Embley said West Coast players had unwavering trust in the club's sports science department to deliver legal supplements. He said the Eagles mainly used multivitamins and proteins.

"I know our football club is certainly cutting-edge when it comes to sports science but it will never cross the line . . . Hopefully other clubs are in the same boat," Embley said.

"We feel like we're a very ethical club and we don't believe our football club would ever put any of our players in a position that could potentially jeopardise our playing futures or our careers.

"It's a wonderful sport, it's been a wonderful sport for a long time. You just hope that everything that unfolds over the next few weeks, few months, can be all OK.

"You want your club or your code to be extremely clean. You don't want to be associated with any wrong dealings or anything like that."

Fremantle chief executive Steve Rosich backed Mr Demetriou's comments that the report was deeply concerning for all sports fans, athletes and administrators.

"With the AFL, we fully support the recommendations contained in the report," Mr Rosich said.

Mr Alexander said that in elite sport there was a tendency for people to "increasingly go to the edge of what is acceptable".

"Occasionally unethical people looking for the extra edge go too far and that is where the criminal element comes in," he said.

"But we should not forget that the overwhelming majority of sports, across all levels, are good for the community from a wellness and social interest perspective."