well - its almost over.
The Swiss Federal Court has ruled - saying they did not even entertain the appeal - and have upheld CASA's decision.
The ban has been fully served by most of the players now anyway so it didnt really matter much
The only decision left is for the AFL tribunal on whether or not they strip Bombers Captain Jobe Watson of the Brownlow (Essendon's captain won the league MVP the year they took banned drugs - but the AFL being the friendly type dont really want to take it off him
They are allowing him to make a submission in for the meeting next month and will decide them
An interesting excercise is to compare Essendon's situation now with that of Cronulla - the rugby League team that also employed Steven Dank and faced widescale drugs charges.
Cronulla took a deal with ASADA, pleaded guilty and got a backdated ban - so they missed 3 games. The coach was banned for 1 year.
Cronulla fought back to rebuild the team/club - and while they are still seen as drug cheats by some - they seem to have come through and rebounded as a club. This year they won the premiership.
Essendon refused the deal, fought long and hard, spent literally millions in legal fees and shouted their supposed innocence every time they turned around. The coach was suspended for 1 year for conduct unbecoming, and the players eventually were banned for a year. The entire process has taken 4 years and has cost the club probably $30million or so. Players are now suing the club for compensation, the club was fined by worksafe for not providing a safe working environment and a bunch of other stuff which turns off sponsors.
This year the club is still reeling from these decisions, still fighting - and finished on the bottom of the ladder.