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Warne claim rubbished by doctor

Sydney: Shane Warne can’t use his mother as an excuse for taking a banned drug that could end his cricket career, Australian Medical Association president Kerryn Phelps said Thursday.

After the news of Warne testing positive broke out Monday, the leg-spinner said his mother had given him the diuretic tablet, moduretic, which he swallowed the day before he returned from a shoulder injury to the one-day team last month.

Phelps, however, rubbished the excuse as nonsense.

“Warne said he didn’t take it as part of his shoulder treatment, so goodness knows what he was taking it for unless he had PMS (Premenstrual Stress),” Phelps said.

The Australian Sports Drug Agency (ASDA) had a hotline open from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends and public holidays so that athletes could find out any drug’s status before taking it, Phelps said.

“You can’t use mum as an excuse because mum could call the hotline,” she said. “And parents of elite athletes who are even slightly tempted to give their offspring a tablet to take, ring the hotline and find out whether it’s okay.

“Because chances are they’re going to get tested, and if they test positive for a banned positive, they may well be banned from sport.”

Warne’s case would be heard by Australian Cricket Board’s anti-doping committee in Sydney Friday. Supreme Court justice Bill Gillard is expected to head the three-member panel to decide the fate of the leggie.

Meanwhile the Warnes have appealed to the Australian media to leave his family alone. “We understand there is a lot of public interest in this story, including Shane and our mum,” Jason Warne, the player’s brother and manager, said.

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