23 Jul 2016

Banned sports scientist injured after shots fired at home

4:52 pm on 23 July 2016

A sports scientist banned from working in Australia's top two professional leagues in the wake of a scandal over the use of peptides has suffered a minor injury after shots were fired at his Melbourne home.

Stephen Dank, 52, was asleep on the sofa when he was woken by gunshots, with a bullet fragment skimming his forehead, leaving a graze injury.

Victoria police said six shots were fired at the front of the house around 2:30am. Another person home at the time was not hurt.

He was treated for a graze on his forehead caused by a fragment of a bullet fired at his house in Ascot Vale in the early hours of the morning.

Dank said he had been shaken by the incident but returned home after being released from hospital.

The biochemist was at the centre of scandals over the supplements programmes at the Australian Rules club Essendon and rugby league team Cronulla Sharks, which resulted in bans for players and staff at both organisations.

He was due to speak at a function in Bendigo for the South Bendigo Football Club but has since withdrawn, after initially telling the club he would still appear after the incident.

Police inquiries were continuing as to who carried out the attack and whether there may be any links to Dank's involvement in the drugs in sport issue.

Both the Australian Football League and the National Rugby League have since banned him for life from working with teams in their leagues.

- ABC

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