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Watson responsible for AOD-9604 use, says WADA boss Fahey

Jobe Watson of the Bombers during the 2013 AFL round 01 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Essendon Bombers at AAMI Stadium, Adelaide on March 22, 2013. (Photo: AFL Media)
Jobe Watson believes he was administered the banned drug AOD-9604
You are responsible for what goes into your system, it's a strict liability
WADA president John Fahey
THE WORLD Anti-Doping Agency has reaffirmed the banned status of AOD-9604 after Essendon captain Jobe Watson said he believed he had been injected with the substance.

Watson insists he has done nothing wrong, having followed advice from Essendon medical staff, and he was surprised by WADA's statement last month confirming the drug was banned.

But WADA president John Fahey said on Tuesday "nothing has changed" and repeated the obligations athletes are under. 

"You are responsible for what goes into your system, it's a strict liability," Fahey told AFL.com.au.  

"Now whether or not there's any mitigating circumstances depends on individual cases, and that's a matter for ASADA who are currently investigating it.

Fahey wouldn't comment specifically on Watson's revealing interview on Fox Footy's On The Couch program on Monday night.

"I won't comment on that, that's a matter for ASADA ... any comments I make would only complicate that," he said.  

Fahey said he had no issue with the time the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority was taking to investigate the allegations against Essendon.

"Lance Armstrong, start to finish, took somewhere like two and three-quarter years. These things take what they take, it's as simple as that," Fahey said.  

The WADA boss said his organisation would review the Bombers' case only once the ASADA and AFL process had finished.

"We look at the results when it's concluded, we look to see if the code is being applied correctly, if it hasn't been applied correctly we have the right of appeal," Fahey said.

He said WADA could lodge an appeal on behalf of either his organisation or an accused athlete if it believed they had been treated unfairly.

"We can appeal on behalf of either if we don't believe the code has been applied in a correct manner," he said.

It is unlikely the League will make any comment about Watson's revelations on Tuesday.

On Tuesday morning, Watson's father Tim told radio station SEN he supported his son and said Essendon players were certain they hadn't taken a banned substance.

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