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Bombers player cleared over drugs charge

11/12/2009 06:36:12 PM Comments (0)

Essendon utility Nathan Lovett-Murray has had a charge of drug possession against him dismissed.

The 27-year-old was charged by police in August after a single ecstasy tablet was allegedly found during a raid on his home, which he shares with several other people.

But the charge against the player - who is well regarded for his community work, particularly with indigenous people - was struck out at a suburban magistrates court in Melbourne on Friday.

The decision was welcomed by AFL players association chief executive Matt Finnis.

"We applaud Nathan for having the courage of his convictions to strongly maintain his innocence and contest the charge," Finnis said.

"By deciding to take up the fight to clear his name, Nathan showed the type of character and resolve that those close to him would recognise.

"We also congratulate the Essendon Football Club for their decision to support and stand by Lovett-Murray throughout this difficult period."

Bombers football manager Paul Hamilton said the player wanted to thank family, friends and supporters who had stood by him.

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