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'Shame Warne'

Greg Buckle | February 12, 2003 16:26 IST

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'I have never taken drugs'

'Warne tested positive in a sample last month'

Shane Warne's departure from the cricket World Cup after a drug shock was "stunningly stupid" and had to be punished, Australian newspapers said on Wednesday.

The Australian newspaper ran a front-page headline: "I'm no drug cheat, says Warne", but a back-page column was headlined: "Inspiring bravehearts overrun by stupid spinner."

It was referring to Zimbabwe cricketers Henry Olonga and Andy Flower, who wore black armbands in protest against President Robert Mugabe's policies but whose brave stand had been overshadowed by Warne's drug scandal.

Warne, 33, should have flipped through a drugs handbook to check if his dehydrating tablet was banned, the newspaper said.

"He said it was a mistake. He is wrong. It was stunningly stupid," Australia's only national broadsheet newspaper said.

Warne was expected back in Australia later on Wednesday after being sent home from South Africa by his team after testing positive for banned diuretics used to eliminate fluid from the body.

Melbourne tabloid The Herald Sun, which employs Warne as a columnist, ran a banner front-page headline: "Warne Drug Bombshell" and devoted four pages at the front and three more at the back of the newspaper to the story.

Prime Minister John Howard's meeting in the United States with President George W. Bush to discuss a possible war with Iraq was pushed back to page five.

A column in the sports section, headlined: "Warne facing exit in shame", said the bowler must be punished and ignorance was no excuse.

"He will exit not in glory but in disgrace: Shane's shame," it said.

Melbourne newspaper The Age's front-page headline said: "I'm devastated: Warne out of Cup in drugs shock."

Warne's bowling coach and former test leg-spinner Terry Jenner told The Age: "Professional cricketers are supposed to know what they are taking, but they don't, you know. It must have been an accident."

A column in The Age's sports section concluded the game would be poorer if Warne received a two-year ban and retired.

"But he took the diuretic, and now he must take the medicine."

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Sub: Shame Shane

Innocent mistake or not, accident or not, he has to pay the price. BTW, how do u prove innocence? Shedding weight aids performance. He took ...

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Sub: RE:shame warne

Amol you are an absolute fool. you think that every "white" cricket player is a racist then you are sadly mistaken there are alot of ...

Posted by Brett

Sub: Why so much fuss

I do not know why people make lots fuss about Shane, he pulled out of world cup even before he bowled one ball and is ...

Posted by S.Chandrasekhar

Sub: shame warne

whether it be white cricketers or white administrators-most of them racists who get away with anything. Barry Jarman wasone of the biggest racist.players like mcgrath ...

Posted by amol nagarkatti

Sub: shame warne

it was not surprising that a person who has been involved in match fixing and stalking a nurse should be banned from the world cup ...

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