AFL chief Andrew Demetriou denies the league owes Essendon's doctor Bruce Reid an apology after dropping all charges against him relating to the club's supplements program.
"No, Bruce Reid is satisfied with the outcome that was reached the other day, as is the AFL," Demetriou told Radio 3AW.
"The AFL has accepted the view that he's taking leave and he's accepted that he was marginalised.
"The things that were taken into account were the fact that Bruce Reid wrote the letter (raising concerns), which is a very significant letter, his genuine commitment to supporting the AFL at all times on an anti-drug supplements view, his 30 years of service, the fact that he was marginalised throughout that whole process.
"All those things were in the mix and that's how they got to that conclusion."
Demetriou last week described a report in The Australian newspaper that the charges against Reid would be dropped as garbage.
Asked if he backed away from that comment, Demetriou said on Friday: "No. I don't dissect bits like some commentators do to say there was one aspect of that story which eventually ended up being correct".
"The whole story was that our chairman Mike Fitzpatrick was putting an offer to the chairman of the Essendon Football Club (Paul Little) to have the matter resolved last Friday.
"That was wrong last Friday and it's wrong today.
"I said the story was garbage. I was unaware that there was going to be a settlement last Friday, and there wasn't."
More dramas are set to follow for the Bombers, according to The Australian on Thursday.
It said ASADA officials were preparing the legal paperwork to issue infraction notices to at least seven players and officials resulting from the long investigation into the suspect supplements program at Essendon in 2012.
The first wave of infraction notices would be issued after the September 28 grand final, the report said.
Demetriou says the league has checked with ASADA and representatives of the Federal Government.
"They both assured us they were unaware of anything to that nature and that the story was incorrect," Demetriou said on Friday.
"It's still possible infraction notices could be issued."
Reid, who had all charges against him of bringing the game into disrepute and conduct unbecoming withdrawn by the AFL on Wednesday before his matter could go to court, was likely to avoid an infraction notice.
Any action by ASADA could result in heavy suspensions.
Essendon coach James Hird was banned for 12 months by the AFL for his role in the supplements scandal. Football manager Danny Corcoran was handed a four-month ban and assistant coach Mark Thompson was fined $30,000.
The Bombers have been banned from participating in the 2013 finals series, fined $2 million and also received draft penalties for the next two years.