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(generated from captions) late next year. The AFL's club Presidents have backed the league in its ongoing battle with Essendon over the club's alleged supplements regime. Yesterday the league released its full charge sheet against coach James Hird, senior Essendon officials and the club, explaining in detail its reasons for charging them all with bringing the game into disrepute. Today Hird sought a Supreme Court injunction to stop the AFL commission from hearing his case. He says he's been denied natural justice and wants an independent body to oversee the hearings. Mike Fitzpatrick reports. As they entered football headquarters for a meeting about the Essendon saga, the code's club Presidents were supporting the AFL and calling for an end to the public brawling between Essendon and the league. No-one wants a public slanging match. I'm sure we can resolve this and we've got to get on with the footy. We've got to get on with the finals and I think that's top of mind for everyone. I'm really concerned about the greater good of the game and the effect it's having on the sport in general, on the kids out there and the other codes in Australia must be looking at us and rubbing their hands with glee. James Hird today sought Supreme Court injunctions against the AFL. He wants full access to the evidence against him. He's also demanding football boss Andrew Demetriou excuse himself from hearing the charges and that an independent body should hear the case rather than the league's governing body, the AFL commission. Hird says he can't get a fair hearing because Demetriou and the commissioners have seen an interim ASADA report into the club's supplement use. The lengthy and now public process is having an impact on players. This morning a woman who says she's a player's mother spoke on Melbourne radio. Who's going to protect my kid and who's going to protect all the other players? Let's not forget that the harm was done to the players not to James Hird.The AFL Presidents have fallen in behind the league. We resolved to unanimously express our report for the integrity of the AFL riles scprooulz the need for the 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 the AFL management.There are only two week left in the season. Essendon is due to play in the finals after that. The team' captain acknowledges the club's off-field travails are having an influence. We've got to try and get ourselves back on the field and we haven't been doing a good job of that so we've got to get our focus back on