More than a dozen Essendon AFL players and officials are in line to receive infraction notices from ASADA, according to newspaper reports.
The Australian says officials are preparing the legal paperwork to issue infraction notices to at least seven AFL players and officials resulting from the long investigation into the suspect supplements program at Essendon in 2012.
But the final numbers of those who may be implicated may be more than a dozen, the paper says.
The first wave of infraction notices would be issued at the conclusion of the current AFL season.
Bombers club doctor Bruce Reid, who had all charges against him of bringing the game into disrepute and conduct unbecoming withdrawn by the AFL on Wednesday before his matter could go to court, was likely to avoid an infraction notice.
Any action by ASADA could result in heavy suspensions for players found to have taken banned substances or officials who may have sanctioned them, in addition to the penalties already handed down by the AFL.
Bombers coach James Hird was suspended for 12 months by the AFL for his role in the supplements scandal, with football manager Danny Corcoran suspended for four months and assistant coach Mark Thompson fined $30,000.
The AFL also banned Essendon from participating in the 2013 finals series, fined it $2 million and imposed draft penalties on the club for the next two years.
Essendon’s interim chief executive Ray Gunston issued a statement on Thursday over the claims that ASADA was set to move on players and officials at the club.
“The club understands that there is no factual basis to the story in relation to the issuing of infraction notices at this point in time,” Gunston said.