Bombers’ Tanner not playing blame game

Essendon president Lindsay Tanner says the AFL club needs to accept “collective blame” for the controversial 2012 supplements program which led to one-year suspensions for 34 past and present players.

“The individual blame game that has dominated debate … is in my view unproductive,” Tanner said at a media conference on Tuesday.

“There was a collective systemic failing and it needs to be seen in that light.”

Tanner said it was too early to say whether any of the banned players would launch legal action against the club or the AFL.

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