The Australian Football League (AFL) has called a meeting, summoning each team's respective presidents to discuss the developments of the Essendon case vis-à-vis the resources it would cost the league, should a judicial proceeding ensue.
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"It is time. It has been an Essendon-AFL investigation, but other people have been drawn into it.” - Eddie McGuire
Collingwood President Eddie McGuire is of the view that the whole fracas is turning into "death and glory."
He said that he expects the league to reveal the specifics of the case in the anticipated meeting, particularly on money matters as regards the case and to consider the decision of each team as to whether the case should still be pursued or not.
"In these instances, the AFL is pretty forthcoming," McGuire said on Triple M radio station, cited on afl.com.
"I'm thinking the AFL is calling us in to say this is where it is all going and this is how much it is going to cost the competition. What do you all think?"
The scandal which he described as "death or glory" is causing concerns to those connected with the league because it involves one of AFL's biggest clubs, the Essendon Bombers, and in the long haul, it is the league that will ultimately suffer and could lead to its "death" should an early resolution not be obtained.
"It is time. It has been an Essendon-AFL investigation, but other people have been drawn into it."
"They'll want to say how it will affect this year's finals competition and you have to remember that every other club has skin in the game in this."
He noted that it is also significant to determine if Essendon will still participate in the finals as some bonus payments made by sponsors are dependent on it.
"Do the North Melbourne players go on their 'mad Monday' after their last home and away game or do they need to prepare for a finals match?
"It's not a major issue, but it's an issue."
The information which the AFL released on Wednesday, according to Mcguire's view, has since been supplemented.
It remains to be seen if the AFL will supply the clubs with further details at the president's meeting said McGuire.
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