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Rioli fronts AFL anti-doping tribunal

West Coast Eagles premiership forward Willie Rioli is a step closer to knowing his fate for multiple anti-doping charges after appearing before the AFL anti-doping tribunal via video link on Wednesday.

Rioli was in Darwin for the hearing, where he has been living since February after being charged with allegedly tampering with a drug sample in August 2019, also testing positive to cannabis after West Coast's elimination final win over Essendon that year.

The 26 year old was provisionally suspended on September 12, the day before the Eagles took on Geelong in a semi-final at the MCG.

The Eagles have supported Rioli throughout his provisional suspension, with club officials regularly checking on his wellbeing.

The 2018 premiership forward isn't expected to know his punishment soon, with the outcome not expected to be known for some time.

'The West Coast Eagles can confirm Willie Rioli today appeared via video link from Darwin at an AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal hearing in Melbourne.' the club said in a statement.

'The hearing was completed but the outcome will not be known for some time, and until a conclusion has been reached neither the club nor Willie can make any comment.

Under the AFL Anti-Doping Policy, all proceedings before the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal are confidential and the outcome will be published by the AFL in due course.'

IMAGE: Fox Sports.


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