The Western Bulldogs have been fined $10,000 for failing to provide adequate paperwork to the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) during a recent US training camp.
AFL players have to be available for ASADA testing at all times and clubs are required to keep the agency informed of their whereabouts.
AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the Bulldogs had told the AFL about an overseas training camp but an administrative error meant ASADA was unaware 12 players would be training in Colorado in November.
“The club has a strong history of compliance with all the paperwork requirements of the Anti-Doping Code to ensure that ASADA is fully informed at all times and can perform its duties,” Dillon said in a statement.
“In this instance, while the AFL had been notified of the club’s activities, ASADA was not separately notified. While this was an administrative error, it is important that the rules are fully complied with,” he added.
Half the fine is suspended until the end of 2015 pending the club’s continued co-operation.