Vague Warne decides against appealing 12-month ban

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne (Australia): Shane Warne's evidence to the Australian Cricket Board's anti- doping hearing was "vague, unsatisfactory and inconsistent", according to official findings released on Wednesday.

The high-profile Australian spin bowler on Wednesday decided not to appeal his 12 month-ban from cricket, four days after he was found guilty of taking a prohibited diuretic drug. In the last couple of days details have come to light which further taint the 33- year-old cricketer's account of how he came to return a positive drug test on January 22, which forced him home from the World Cup in southern Africa.

After earlier denials that he had taken more than one diuretic pill, Warne admitted in a television interview on Tuesday and on the eve of the published findings that he had first taken the banned diuretic on December 12 - to get rid of an alcohol- induced double chin.

On Wednesday Warne's star fell further when the official findings, released on the ACB's Website, described his evidence as vague, even untruthful, yet he received half the ban that he was entitled to under the ACB's anti-doping code. "This has been the toughest two weeks of my life and I have decided that it is best for all concerned to try and move on the best way we can." Copyright AFP 2001

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