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Thursday, 12 September 2019

Astonishing details in Rioli case revealed


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Former AFL star Jimmy Bartel has questioned the motives behind Willie Rioli's alleged attempts to taint a drug test that has resulted in the West Coast star being banned from the Eagles' team to play against Geelong in Friday night's semi-final at the MCG.

New details have emerged about Rioli's case, with the Herald Sun reporting Rioli was caught pouring a liquid - possibly an energy drink - into a drug testing beaker as a substitute for urine for an ASADA doping test.

The publication claims he was allegedly caught trying to dilute his sample by two Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority officers overseeing a test in Perth on August 20.

The test was conducted two days after the ­Eagles lost to Richmond in Round 22 at the MCG on August 18.

"He tried to manipulate his sample on-site and got caught red-handed," a source told the publication.

It's alleged that after being caught trying to taint the test, he was then told he had to supply another sample, with the results of that test yet to be revealed.

The club confiscated Rioli's phone and was informed of the ­suspension by league investigators after the team arrived at its hotel ahead of Friday night's clash.

Former Cats star Bartel expressed disbelief over the allegations, telling Macquarie Sports Radio that submitting a drug test to ASADA is "one of the most invasive things you'll do in sport".

Bartel declared that if the facts around the case are true, then Rioli has nobody to blame but himself.

"It's the most invasive thing you'll do in sport, it is pants around your ankles and if you've got a T-shirt on, you've got to tuck it under your chin or take it off," he said.

"You are nude and they're looking at you front on taking a urine test.

"To think you can get away with it is stupid because as soon as you would have done that, the tester would've said 'what have you done'.

"He hasn't tested positive, he's (allegedly) been found trying to alter the test. We've got to deal with the facts, he's (allegedly) been done for trying to dodge a test."

Eagles football boss Craig Vozzo confirmed the star is struggling to come to terms with his circumstances.

"He is very, very flat. He's a little bit of a mess," Vozzo said.

"The club and staff are really ­worried about his well-being. He is not in a great space and it's our job to help him as best as we can.

"The state he is in now, I don't know if he would be able to play," said Vozzo.

The Eagles official said Rioli left the team hotel but would not reveal if the star had left Melbourne.

Former AFL star Jimmy Bartel has questioned the motives behind Willie Rioli's alleged attempts to taint a drug test that has resulted in the West Coast star being banned from the Eagles' team to play against Geelong in Friday night's semi-final at the MCG.

New details have emerged about Rioli's case, with the Herald Sun reporting Rioli was caught pouring a liquid - possibly an energy drink - into a drug testing beaker as a substitute for urine for an ASADA doping test.

The publication claims he was allegedly caught trying to dilute his sample by two Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority officers overseeing a test in Perth on August 20.

The test was conducted two days after the ­Eagles lost to Richmond in Round 22 at the MCG on August 18.

"He tried to manipulate his sample on-site and got caught red-handed," a source told the publication.

It's alleged that after being caught trying to taint the test, he was then told he had to supply another sample, with the results of that test yet to be revealed.

The club confiscated Rioli's phone and was informed of the ­suspension by league investigators after the team arrived at its hotel ahead of Friday night's clash.

Former Cats star Bartel expressed disbelief over the allegations, telling Macquarie Sports Radio that submitting a drug test to ASADA is "one of the most invasive things you'll do in sport".

Bartel declared that if the facts around the case are true, then Rioli has nobody to blame but himself.

"It's the most invasive thing you'll do in sport, it is pants around your ankles and if you've got a T-shirt on, you've got to tuck it under your chin or take it off," he said.

"You are nude and they're looking at you front on taking a urine test.

"To think you can get away with it is stupid because as soon as you would have done that, the tester would've said 'what have you done'.

"He hasn't tested positive, he's (allegedly) been found trying to alter the test. We've got to deal with the facts, he's (allegedly) been done for trying to dodge a test."

Eagles football boss Craig Vozzo confirmed the star is struggling to come to terms with his circumstances.

"He is very, very flat. He's a little bit of a mess," Vozzo said.

"The club and staff are really ­worried about his well-being. He is not in a great space and it's our job to help him as best as we can.

"The state he is in now, I don't know if he would be able to play," said Vozzo.

The Eagles official said Rioli left the team hotel but would not reveal if the star had left Melbourne.

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