AFL clubs have backed the league's stance that charges relating to Essendon's use of supplements should be heard by the AFL Commission and not by an outside tribunal.
The league's 18 clubs met AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick for more than 2 hours at AFL House yesterday to be briefed on the situation over Essendon's supplements scandal.
On Wednesday the AFL released a 34-page document detailing the grounds on which it has charged the Bombers with bringing the game into disrepute.
Coach James Hird, assistant Mark Thompson, football manager Danny Corcoran and club doctor Bruce Reid are also facing the same charge, which the club and all four individuals plan to fight.
Hird launched a Supreme Court action yesterday aimed at having an independent body, not the AFL Commission, hear the charge against him and seeking a ruling that the league provide more detail on its evidence plus a list of witnesses it will call.
But Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon, speaking on behalf of the clubs, said resolving the issue within the league was vital.
"We wish to unanimously express our confidence in the AFL Commission and AFL management," he said.
Gordon said after discussions with the league and Essendon chairman Paul Little, the 17 other clubs met in the absence of the AFL and the Bombers to consider the Essendon dispute.
"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," Gordon said.
Gordon's statement is a blow to the Bombers after Little had spoken on Wednesday of the strong support in the football community for Essendon over the supplements scandal. AAP