Freo Docker Crowly suspended after drug test

Ryan Crowley, seen here with Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett, has been suspended for 12 months.
Ryan Crowley, seen here with Gold Coast’s Gary Ablett, has been suspended for 12 months.

RYAN Crowley has been handed a 12-month suspension from the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

The Fremantle Dockers tagger was found to have breached the AFL’s anti-doping code after he tested positive to a “specified substance” last year.

Crowley accepted a voluntary provisional suspension last year and will end his 12-month sanction on September 25.

AFL General Counsel Andrew Dillon said the AFL accepted the verdict of the panel and wanted to thank Tribunal chairman David Jones for his work delivering the verdict in a timely manner after hearing the case last month.

He said the AFL would not take the matter any further.

Fremantle president Steve Harris said the club was disappointed by the poor decisions Crowley made in taking a painkiller containing the specified substance, but the club had a duty of care for the veteran who is also out of contract at the end of the year.