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ASADA anger over Brent Prismall’s role at Western Bulldogs

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The AFL has asked the Western Bulldogs to stand Brent Prismall down from his role at the club, despite the Bulldogs claiming the league told them it was OK for him to work there.

Former Essendon player Prismall, who is serving a 12-month ban for his part in the 2012 supplements saga, is now employed as a player welfare manager at the Bulldogs.

He’s been working at the club, in a move which ASADA says violated the anti-doping code.

But the Dogs released a statement on Wednesday, saying they’d sought permission from the AFL about Prismall’s role and it was granted.

The AFL has since advised the Bulldogs that Prismall should stand down.

3AW Football’s Mick Warner said it was just another example of how ‘rules on the run’ had been applied throughout the entire drugs scandal.

‘It’s just another example of how we seem to be making it up as we go along,’ he said on Sports Today.

Warner went as far as questioning why Essendon was even allowed to play in the competition this season, if the AFL was really serious about following the code to the letter of the law.

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‘The Western Bulldogs Football Club wishes to clarify the position following reports today relating to Brent Prismall.

‘Brent Prismall returned to his employment with the club after the club had clarified with the AFL that his duties and job description did not conflict with the Arbitral Award of the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the penalties contained in it.

‘The AFL confirmed in writing its consent to and authorisation of Brent’s return. The AFL also informed the club at this time that it provided such consent and authorisation on the basis of advice received from ASADA.

‘If the club is informed by the AFL that its position has changed, it will of course act in conformity with the AFL’s direction.

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