West Coast star Willie Rioli is suspended ahead of his side’s semi-final for failing a drug test after ‘swapping a urine sample’
West Coast Eagles AFL star Willie Rioli has been suspended indefinitely after he allegedly failed a blood test.
He has been stood down by the AFL after an adverse finding was allegedly found in an ASADA test taken on August 20, two days after the Eagles’ round 22 match against Richmond.
ASADA alleged Rioli used a prohibited method to provide a sample for the test.
‘The assertion is that the adverse analytical finding is that there’s urine substitution,’ AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said.
The shock news comes ahead of his side’s must-win elimination semi final clash against the Geelong Cats at the MCG on Friday night.
Willie Rioli has been stood down by the AFL after he allegedly failed a blood test last month
‘The club is extremely disappointed that one of our players has been provisionally suspended while a matter is being investigated and it will comply fully and openly with ASADA and the AFL through the process,’ an Eagles statement read.
‘The club is fully committed to supporting Willie during what is a personally distressing time.
‘Our primary concern is Willie’s health and welfare.
‘As this is an ongoing investigation the club, its staff and players can make no further comment until the investigation is completed.
‘The West Coast Eagles fully supports the AFL and ASADA in its ideal of our game being drug free.’
It’s alleged Rioli used a prohibited method to provide a sample for a drug test last month