Footy Supplement Scandal Spiralling Out Of Control

Steven Dank described as the “sacrificial lamb” as match-fixing comes into question.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

The story making national headlines week long has been the supplement scandal in various football codes and as each day progresses more news, interviews and accusations come into the fold.

After news broke today the Victorian government and the AFL have rejected calls for a ban on the lucrative sports betting industry stemming from a Vic Police warning about the match-fixing in Australian sport, barrister Greg Stanton, legal representative for Steven Dank, came to the front to defend his client.

Stanton defended “sports scientist” Dank on Friday afternoon, describing his client as the “sacrificial lamb” behind the Australian Crime Commission's report into drugs and gambling in Australian sports.

Stanton said his client has been left a “broken man” after the media attack reaction to the scandal has painted Dank as the reason behind Essendon being the subject of the ACC’s investigation.

"I have never seen a man brought to the public arena in such a disgraceful and flagrantly convenient and coincidental fashion – and I have acted for some reasonably high profile clients, the difference being that all of them were before they reached this point, charged and awaiting prosecution," Stanton said.

"He is not in that position yet he has been made to feel like the commonest of criminals. He is a man whose expertise, skill, knowledge and qualifications are beyond reproach."

Dank will make his first public speak appearance on the ABC's 7.30 show Monday night. As of yet Dank has not been questioned by police and has not broken any laws.

On Friday, former AFL club president and Victorian premier Jeff Kennett led a push for a ban on sports betting, but that was shut down quickly.

Victorian Premier Premier Ted Baillieu said the call was an impractical one- much of the sports betting industry is conducted online while AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou blatantly said he would not support any move and that his league was not a subject of any match-fixing allegations.

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