Former Collingwood player Sam Murray gets green light to return after no WADA appeal

Sam Murray will be free to resume playing in the AFL from December after there were no appeals lodged against his sentence for a doping violation.

The last day for the final party – WADA – to appeal the sentence imposed on Murray by the AFL tribunal for testing positive to the presence of a banned substance lapsed on Tuesday, paving the way for the 22-year-old to resume his AFL career when his 18-month ban ends on December 17.

Former Magpie Sam Murray is free to resume his AFL career from December 17.Credit:Wayne Ludbey

Murray had the mandatory four-year sentence reduced to 18 months after he was found to have had a prohibited substance, understood to be cocaine, in his system.

He was first given a 50 percent discount down to two years after it was accepted the breach was not intentional. Under the WADA Act, intentional effectively means an intention to cheat, and they accepted Murray had not intended to cheat.


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