“The AFL Players’ Association condemns in the strongest possible terms the publishing of names and photos of current and former Essendon football players in today’s Herald Sun.
“The Players’ Association calls on everyone to respect the process and integrity of the ASADA investigation – just as the players have done since this regrettable saga arose.
“For over 12 months, current and former Essendon football players have been the subject of an unprecedented investigation into failures of workplace governance and safety in Australian sport.
“For over 12 months, players have withstood enormous uncertainty, public scrutiny and speculation over their health, their careers, and their reputations.
“But for over 12 months, players have honestly, candidly and transparently cooperated with all authorities involved in multiple investigations.
“You would hope that by now, there might be some level of acknowledgment of the invidious position these young men have been placed in which is higher than publishing names and photos of some of them in a major daily newspaper in a manner which only fuels further speculation and uncertainty.”