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Buckley wants more information

By Kim Hagdorn
12 February 2013 02:09PM EST

COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley has called on AFL heavyweights to reveal more information on the illicit drugs issue that has rocked Australian sport.

The decorated former Pies playing great claimed club management and future prevention in the battle against illegal drug use can be enhanced with more information.

AFL clubs and other leading sporting codes have been stunned with revelations that the nation's top crime authorities have uncovered widespread illegal drug use as well as instances of match-fixing.

Buckely joined a rapidly growing chorus of officials calling for release of greater information.

"There's a degree of frustration and the game has been tarnished," Buckley said at a media conference in Melbourne.

"We're not a club that lives in a grey area."

NRL coaching legend Wayne Bennett also called on crime and Australia's Sports Anti-Doping Authority to hasten investigation processes to name individuals who face serious penalties.

Bennett maintained that uncertainty and unwillingness to disclose alleged users, taints and frustrates the remainder of his sport and clubs.

Bennett maintains he has "never seen the game cleaner" than in the modern era and wants swift action from ACC investigators.

Buckley conceded that disclosure of illicit performance enhancing drugs has shfted priority of crime fighters from ilegal social drug use. 

"The performance-enhancing has pushed illicit drugs off the agenda," he said.

"But I think in both instances clubs are wanting as much information as they possibly can get so that you can make better decisions."

The Pies coach heading into his second season at the helm ssemed  confident Collingwood had no performance-enhancing drug users.

He disclosed that Pies football department management had kept a log recording supplements taken and administered to players as far back as 2002.

He said that included carbohydrates and proteins, but he did not answer directly when asked if those supplements included peptides.

Magpies bitter rivals Essendon is embroiled in an inquiry after claims of widespread use of growth hormone substances known as peptides. 

"Peptides, performance-enhancing drugs, supplements, the thing that is difficult in this situation is the vocabulary gets clouded," Buckley said.

"When you say peptide, does that have the same connotation to every person that uses it or reads it? No it doesn't.

"That's where we can get into some grey area that isn't great for the sport.

"Peptides exist in food, basically they're carbohydrates, they're proteins, so peptides exist in a lot of what we eat and consume.

"There are illegal peptides and there are legal peptides, there are WADA-supported peptides and there are WADA non-supported peptides."

Buckley said when the ACC and AFL initially revealed aspects of the ACC's 12-month investigation into banned drugs in professional sport and corruption links, the impression given was much more dramatic than what had subsequently emerged.

The Brownlow medallist and 280-game former AFL star maintained that the league and clubs have been tarnished with claims of widespread illicit drug abuse.

Buckley confessed, though, since the Federal Government announcement late last week and as the issue has raged through Australian sport, effects appear to have been watered down with stringent legal contraints of specifics being released by AFL club managements.

"For the 12 hours after the announcement last week, you're wondering 'Gee, that's a lot worse than what I suspected and what I thought,'" he said.

"I think all of us have seen it watered down as the time has gone on over the past week or so to the point where there's an element of frustration.

"If you're going to make those claims then be specific about them because you have tarnished the sport and you have brought individuals of great quality and reputation into disrepute."

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