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ASADA running own rules, says Paul Gallen

Last updated 12:41 30/04/2013
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PAUL GALLEN: The Cronulla skipper will miss the final game of the regular season.

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Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen claims the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority are "running their own rules" following the suspension of interviews with his NRL club's players on Monday.

ASADA's investigation into the alleged use of banned substances at the club in 2011 was put on hold after a stalemate was reached during the first interview, with backrower Wade Graham.

While there has been no official word from either camp, it is believed lawyers from both sides were unable to agree what constituted 'reasonable assistance' by players in regard to the investigation.

Gallen said the Sharks were powerless to move the investigation along, claiming the club and players had been kept in the dark by ASADA.

"Nothing has changed for me since the very start," Gallen told the Big Sports Breakfast on Sky Radio on Tuesday.

"I know I was going to be scheduled for a meeting. I still haven't been told when mine was supposed to be so all bets are off at the moment as far as ASADA are concerned apparently.

"I obviously don't know what went on in the meeting but apparently they weren't happy and basically they said, 'that's it. We're postponing until further notice'.

"They're running their own rules at the moment. They don't seem to have anyone to answer to and they're doing what they want and there's not a lot we can do about it."

With 10 Sharks players believed to be among the 31 NRL players due to be interviewed by ASADA, Gallen admitted the scandal was taking its toll on the club.

"It's [frustrating] and it's been three months now and still not one interview completed," Gallen said.

"So it's dragging on. It's clearly affecting people. Not only rugby league now but it's people's lives at stake here too and as Flanno (coach Shane Flanagan) said it's getting a bit too far.

"They're talking about things that might have happened two years ago. I mean, I think it's just time to get on with it."

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