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Doping claims ridiculous: Eagles ruckman

By Tim Clarke 08/08/2007 06:04:31 PM Comments (0)

West Coast ruckman Dean Cox has labelled as ridiculous doping allegations still swirling around teammate Michael Braun.

Braun and his agent Paul Connors are still considering legal action over the club's latest drug storm, which began with a newspaper column written by Western Bulldogs star Jason Akermanis.

The Brownlow Medallist wrote in his newspaper column last week he suspected an opposing player had used performance-enhancing drugs during a game at the Gabba a few years ago, when Akermanis was playing for the Brisbane Lions.

Akermanis did not name anyone in his Herald Sun article, but the Seven Network later named West Coast midfielder Michael Braun.

Speaking on Southern Cross radio in Perth, Cox said the 200-game midfielder was still being affected by the controversy.

"I have (spoken to) Brauny (and he) is very disappointed," Cox said.

"I think the accusations made against him are far-fetched, unrealistic and not proven to be true.

"The game where they (Brisbane) played (against) him in 2004, Brauny must have beaten him.

"And for Akermanis to say that thinking he is unbeatable because he is in his peak fitness condition is ridiculous.

"Brauny probably outplayed him and has done that to people in games of footy because of his hard work and his sheer determination.

"It hurt Michael and the players around that someone could make those accusations."

Braun has vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs and his manager and the Eagles have both declared their intention to pursue legal action.

And after saying he thought the Eagles had been targeted more by drug testers following Ben Cousins' suspension, Cox said he was certain the only reason behind the Eagles' famed stamina was down to work on the training track.

"We work so hard to be classed as a fit football side, and the results show," Cox said.

"You look at our endurance tests and that shows that we are a fit football club."

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is investigating Akermanis' allegations.

As the Eagles prepares for a massive game against the Kangaroos on Sunday, coach John Worsfold said Braun seemed "fine" in his preparation despite the controversy.

And he was also confident both Ben Cousins and Chris Judd would be fit in time for the trip to Telstra Dome, despite the battering received in the derby against Fremantle.

Daniel Chick however could miss two weeks with a fractured larynx suffered in a clash with Docker Dean Solomon, with Worsfold considering Mark Nicoski as a replacement.

Cox said despite an up and down season, the premiers were confident they could go on a late season surge in their four remaining games.

"We think we can win them all," Cox said.

"But we can't take any of these games lightly, because when we have we have been beaten."

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