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Ex-Bomber Crameri may appeal ban, says Bulldogs president Gordon

Gordon seeks advice from Swiss lawyers Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon on ABC Radio
This CAS judgement contains factual errors, unsupported propositions of law
Bulldogs president Peter Gordon

BANNED Western Bulldogs forward Stewart Crameri is considering appealing a season-long suspension for his involvement in Essendon's 2012 supplement scandal in a Swiss court.

The 27-year-old was among the 34 players banned after the World Anti-Doping Authority's appeal was upheld in the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

Bulldogs president and prominent lawyer, Peter Gordon, revealed on Melbourne radio on Friday "there well could be" an appeal lodged by Crameri and Footscray VFL player and development coach Brent Prismall.

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The two former Bombers aren't allowed to be involved with the Bulldogs until their suspensions expire on November 13 this year.

"History will show these young men have been subject to one of the gravest injustices in Australian sporting history," Gordon told ABC radio.

"This CAS judgement contains factual errors, unsupported propositions of law, it applies findings that may be pertinent to one player and extrapolates it to all the other 33 players, often with no basis at all.

"I don't think there is a way to get it (an appeal) before an Australian court, so if there is to be an appeal it would be to the Swiss federal tribunal. We've got 30 days to bring that, so I think the relevant date is about 10 February."

With a hearing unlikely to begin before the start of the season, lawyers could move for an urgent injunction to grant a stay on the ban.

Gordon's son Patrick is representing Crameri and Prismall but he is also involved with the case.

"I'm looking at it myself because we have two player involved in it, and I know the lawyers for the other 32 are investigating it," Peter Gordon said

"We've sought advice from Swiss lawyers on a range of issues and we're hoping to get that advice as soon as we can."