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Warne to appeal one-year ban

By Roger Vaughan 22/02/2003 04:26:14 PM Comments (0)

Shane Warne's reputation is in tatters and his sporting career in the balance after being found guilty of doping and banned from playing cricket for 12 months.

But Warne said he would appeal the verdict and vigorously protested his innocence.

"I feel I am a victim of anti-doping hysteria," said Warne, who added he was "absolutely devastated" by today's finding.

The three-person Australian Cricket Board (ACB) anti-doping committee found him guilty of using a prohibited method after he tested positive to the diuretics hydrochlorothiazide and amiloride on January 22.

The ban takes effect from February 10 and prohibits Warne from playing for Australia, Victoria, English county side Hampshire or his Melbourne district team St Kilda.

He stands to lose most of the $1.5 million a year he earns from cricket and sponsorship deals, including his estimated $500,000 ACB contract which is also suspended for a year.

Warne insisted the tablet he took which led to the positive test was only to improve his appearance and not to mask performance-enhancing drugs.

He said he did not blame mother Brigitte, who Warne claimed had given him the pill.

"I feel that a 12-month suspension is a very harsh penalty for not checking what I took with anyone," he said on Saturday.

"I have never blamed my mum, I thought it was important to clarify where the tablet came from.

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