DISGRACED sports scientist Stephen Dank has been handed a lifetime ban by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.
Under the terms of the World Anti-Doping Agency code, the decision means that Dank cannot work again in any sporting competition or event in Australia or throughout the world.
Dank, who was a key figure in Essendon's 2012 supplements program, was found guilty of 10 breaches of the AFL's anti-doping code in April this year.
These included "trafficking, attempting to traffic and complicity in matters related to a range of prohibited substances".
The substances included Hexarelin, Humanofort, CJC-1295, GHRP6 and SARSM.
He was cleared of 24 other alleged charges.
AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the League welcomed the verdict and it would not pursue the matter any further.
Dank, who did not appear at the Anti-Doping Tribunal hearing that determined the sanction, said he would continue his legal action against the AFL and individual members of the AFL executive.
"They have contaminated the truth and impaired natural justice and now they will feel the full thrust of the law in relation to how they've handled this process," he told News Corp.
The AFL released a statement from Anti-Doping Tribunal chairman David Jones on Friday that said Dank's ban would start on June 25 this year.
Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO Ben McDevitt said the Tribunal's ban confirmed his previously stated view that Dank should not be allowed near any sporting venue or any athlete anywhere in the world, ever.
"Other serious alleged violations involving Mr Dank and current and former Essendon players are currently being pursued before the Court of Arbitration for Sport via appeals initiated by the World Anti-Doping Agency," McDevitt said.