Willie Rioli tests positive to cannabis following elimination final

West Coast Eagles forward Willie Rioli has tested positive for metabolite of cannabis following the Eagles elimination final win over Essendon.

The AFL confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

“The AFL has confirmed that William Rioli of the West Coast Eagles has been notified of a further Adverse Analytical Finding and a potential violation of the Australian Football Anti-Doping Code in respect of a test conducted by ASADA on September 5, 2019,” the statement says.


“The September 5, 2019 sample has tested positive for a metabolite of cannabis, which is an In-Competition Prohibited Substance under the Code.”

It comes as the 24-year-old is already serving a provisional suspension after he allegedly tampered with a urine sample during an ASADA test on August 20.

“On September 11, 2019 Rioli was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding for Urine Substitution being a Prohibited Method under the Code following an Out-of-Competition doping control test on 20 August 2019,” the AFL said.

The Eagles also released a statement on their website, revealing they were supporting Rioli “through this particularly challenging time”.

“The West Coast Eagles have recently been made aware that a sample taken from Willie Rioli has tested positive for a metabolite of cannabis,” it reads.

“As stipulated two weeks ago, the club’s primary concern remains the health and wellbeing of Willie. We will continue to support him through this particularly challenging time to assist him while this ongoing investigation runs its course.

“The club will respect the process of the investigation into the circumstances surrounding this case and will co-operate fully with it.

“We expect that these processes will take some months to complete and the club will not be in a position to make further comment until such completion.”