Presidents of the AFL's clubs have backed the AFL Commission and management after being briefed on the Essendon supplements saga.

Presidents of all 18 clubs met with AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick, before 17 of the clubs met separately to discuss the drugs scandal.

After a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Western Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon read a statement to a media gathering expressing support for the integrity of AFL rules.

"After discussions with both the AFL and Essendon chairman Paul Little, the 17 other clubs met in the absence of the AFL and Essendon to consider the Essendon dispute," Gordon read.

"We resolved to unanimously express our support for the integrity of the AFL Rules and the need for those rules and the integrity of our competition to be preserved.

"In our view, it is of paramount importance that every effort be made to resolve these matters within the AFL industry.

"We wish to unanimously express our confidence in the AFL Commission and AFL management.

"In the meantime, we call upon all parties to exercise restraint and discretion in any public comments about this matter and with the safety and welfare of players and their families and the integrity of the game as the paramount considerations."

More to follow.


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