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Essendon, players and Hird bid to stop ASADA with injuction

The Age logo The Age 18/06/2014 Jake Niall
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Essendon, its 34 current and former players and James Hird have warned ASADA they will seek an injunction that would stop the issuing of infraction notices if the drugs body does not halt the investigation.

Lawyers representing Essendon, the 34 players with show cause notices and Hird have each sent letters to ASADA today requesting a halt to the investigation, or it will seek what sources said was ''an urgent injuction'' to have any further action - such as infraction notices - stopped.

Those representing Essendon, the players and Hird want ASADA to allow their case to be determined in the Federal court before ASADA takes any further action. ASADA could issue infraction notices before the case is heard - an outcome that the club, the players and exiled coach are seeking to prevent.

ASADA only has to give the players 10 days to respond to the show cause notices, prompting the players to ask for an extension - which ASADA has said it will consider.

The Federal court hearing is due to begin on June 27, meaning that ASADA could issue infractions before the matter is heard. Essendon is seeking to challenge the legality of the joint AFL-ASADA investigation, and to have the investigation shut down.

Essendon wanted an answer from ASADA by 10am tomorrow, while the legal team acting for the players have requested a response earlier, by 5pm today. ASADA had not yet responded to a previous request by the club.

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