Essendon players refusing to respond to show-cause

PAST and present Essendon players caught up in the club's supplements scandal will try to force ASADA's hand by not responding to show-cause notices.

The move, confirmed by lawyers representing all except two of the 34 players involved, is expected to see ASADA bring the matter before the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel, possibly within the next week.

AFL Players Association chief Paul Marsh (pictured) issued a statement saying the players remained adamant they had done nothing wrong.

"This process has already taken up to 21 months," he said. "The players want this matter resolved quickly and fairly.''

The anti-doping watchdog issued 350-page dossiers to the players last Friday, alleging the use of the banned peptide Thymosin beta-4 during the 2012 season.

ASADA is only required to demonstrate to the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel the 'possibility' a violation had occured.