Andrew Demetriou says the sport is much greater than any individual. He denies that if no player is penalised this year it highlights people are "getting away with it".
The AFL says it's "is aware of vulnerabilities to potential Performance and Image Enhancing Drug (PIED) use across the competition".
The AFL is aware of "only two specific cases where WADA-prohibited performance enhancing drugs MAY have been used in the AFL".
At the launch of the NAB Cup on Monday, Andrew Demetriou said he hopes the potential current drug scandal involving Essendon and one other club doesn't overshadow the start of the pre-season competition.
Demetriou also said he and the AFL are trying to be transparent but legal restrictions prevent them from revealing certain information.
The AFL CEO says he doesn't know which player from a yet to be named club may have taken PEDs and is unaware if the player is still in game.
Demetriou also said he and others who have been briefed by the ACC face jail or fines if they reveal restricted information to the public.
The following is a statement from NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith, on Sunday:
“The NRL is in close and productive negotiation with the Australian Crime Commission to establish a formal mechanism by which we can inform individual clubs that they have been the subject of intelligence gathering by the ACC.
“Tony Whitlam QC is today continuing to assist the NRL in establishing a formal set of procedures with the ACC through which information can be passed to the clubs. This framework should be established in 24-48 hours.
“Once this information is passed on the NRL will not, under the guidelines outlined by the ACC, be able to identify the clubs publicly. This will be a matter for the individual clubs to consider in consultation with ASADA, the ACC and the NRL.
“While acknowledging media speculation about the number of clubs today, the NRL remains bound by strict legal constraints and these have been reinforced today by both the ACC and Justice Minister Jason Clare.
“The NRL accepts that there are frustrations for players, clubs and fans, however, the significance of these matters demands they are dealt with through a proper process.”
There will be no further comment at this stage
SUMMARY: AFL No.2 Gillon McLachlan held a media conference on Sunday to discuss the Australian Crime Commission report into drug use (blood doping and illicit) and match-fixing. A summary of what he said;
- The AFL confirms Essendon is a club under investigation for possible multiple breaches in relation to PED use by multiple players.
- The AFL says it's aware of a possible breach in relation to PED use by ONE player at another, yet to be named AFL club.
- The AFL says players at Essendon may have been administered PEDs without their knowledge or consent.
- The AFL says there is no evidence or findings from the ACC investigation suggesting any AFL game has been subjected to match-fixing.
- The AFL says it's aware that after being briefed by the ACC that illicit drug use is a "serious issue" in its competition.