Another chapter in the Essendon FC doping scandal has just begun with the World Anti-Doping Agency announcing they will appeal the AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal decision which cleared the 34 past and present players.

According to the Herald Sun, David Howman, WADA Director General, announced the move today, explaining, “After a thorough examination of the evidence contained within the file, WADA has decided to lodge its independent right of appeal to the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

Last month the AFL Anti-Doping Appeals Tribunal ruled they were not “comfortably satisfied” that the players had been administered banned peptide Thymosin beta-4.

The hearing will be held in coming months, with players free to continue competing while the appeal is heard.