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‘Essendon 34’ barred from schools

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Private and independent schools in Victoria have been warned against using any of the banned 34 Essendon players in a coaching or mentoring capacity.

According to Fairfax Media, a leading grammar school in Melbourne asked the AFL if it could use one of the players in its football program.

A memo was sent to all grammar schools plus the Association of Public Schools and the Independent (Catholic) Schools Association member schools, instructing them not to use the suspended players in any capacity, even as volunteers.

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The final Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling specified the banned players risked incurring further bans if they breached strict conditions.

“None of the 34 can be engaged to coach or assist in sporting preparation … until 17 November 2016,” the memo to the Association of Grammar Schools Victoria, the APS, and Catholic schools stated.

One school wanted to have one of the ‘Essendon 34’ assist with its football program but the AFL told them that this was not possible.

The memo said there was confusion as to whether any of the banned players could speak to students.

Fairfax Media reported that the players were allowed to speak to students about their “broad experiences”.

However, they would have to speak to the whole student body, and were not allowed to speak exclusively to just a team, for example.

According to the report, when St Kilda player Ahmed Saad was banned for doping, he was not allowed to help out with a friend’s under-nine team.

In January, the CAS banned 34 past and present Essendon players for doping offences during the club’s controversial 2012 supplements program.

The players have since indicated they would be appealing.

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