Collingwood star Dane Swan has issued an apology for his angry tweets about AFL drug testers.
Fed up after being tested for the third time in little more than a week, Swan took to Twitter to vent his frustration.
"Stop sending out drug testers at 6am. It's starting to piss me off. What's wrong with the afternoon? You can't catch me anyway. Too clever," Swan tweeted.
He continued his tongue-in-cheek attack on radio.
"Yeah, they knocked on my door again ... three times in the last week or something. So clearly they think I'm taking steroids," Swan said on SEN. "I don't mind getting drug tested. I don't have a problem with it, but I'm not sure what the difference is between six o'clock and, say, nine o'clock.
"If they want to keep sending them out at six o'clock, I might have to move house ... it's ruined my whole day."
But this evening the Magpies issued a statement in which Swan took back the Twitter remarks:
"I would like to apologise for any misunderstanding that was created on Wednesday morning by my comments on Twitter about the random drug testing procedures.
"I’m fully supportive of the drug testing program and understand that while it’s inconvenient for players on occasions, it’s a critical part of the AFL drugs policy."
Channel Ten has today confirmed it will not broadcast AFL matches beyond this season after opting to not re-enter negotiations with Seven West Media.
Ten's football commentators were called to a meeting at the network's Melbourne headquarters this morning where they were informed of the decision.
Ten's head of sport David Barham delivered the disappointing news that will end the network's association with football that began in 2002 when it shared the rights with Channel Nine and Fox Sports.
"It is a bit of a shame. It's the choice of the network. It's purely a business decision," Barham told The Age today.
"Everyone is disappointed but understands the decision.
"We are really, really proud of what we achieved. I am proud of the people that I have worked with over the years. I think Ten should be recognised for the contribution it made to the game because no-one has done more for broadcasting the game than the Ten Network in NSW and Queensland."
Ten's interim chief executive Lachlan Murdoch opted to reject Seven's offer of two matches a round in the new five-year broadcast deal, beginning next season. It's understood the cash-strapped Nine Network has no interest in rejoining the fray.
Seven purchased the rights in April for four regular season matches a round for $475 million. The network is set to use one of its multi-channels, 7Mate, to broadcast matches live interstate.
Fox Sports will televise all nine matches live from next season when the competition expands to 18 teams but are expected to use the Seven feed from games that network is covering on free to air.
Lewis Martin, General Manager, Channel Seven Melbourne said in a statement: "We are excited about the prospect of carrying all the AFL games for which we bid.
"But we wish to acknowledge that Channel TEN has been a terrific AFL broadcast partner for the past five years, and their commitment to the game over the past decade. We understand and empathise with how difficult these decisions can be.
"That said, we have planned to broadcast all four games every weekend from next year – plus finals, the Grand Final and the Brownlow Medal – and we look forward to becoming the sole free-to-air destination for AFL."