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Essendon saga to end next month: McLachlan

Matt Thompson  July 3, 2013 10:09 AM

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AFL deputy CEO Gillon McLachlan says the ASADA inquiry into Essendon's supplements program will end next month

THE AFL is committed to bringing the Essendon supplements scandal to a conclusion before the finals. 

Deputy chief executive Gillon McLachlan has confirmed he expects the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation to be finalised next month.   

"We're committed to bringing this investigation to an end with ASADA in August, prior to the finals series.  

"Just to close this down, there'll be a number of questions on Essendon. The reality is this, there is an end in sight - it's in August."  

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McLachlan took just two questions on the topic at a news conference to announce the 2013 International Rules series on Wednesday morning. 

On Monday, League football operations manager Mark Evans confirmed to that the AFL Commission could potentially strip the Bombers of premiership points and draft picks. 

But McLachlan said he didn't want to add any further "running commentary." 

"The reality is this, anything we could say would only raise more questions and potentially jeopardise the investigation," he said.  

"We're here to get the right outcome, and that is the facts." 

Matt Thompson is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @MattThompsonAFL