BLAME GAME II

Inside Sport - - COMEBACKS -

Ahmed Saad should be one of the most re­spected fig­ures in Aus­tralian sport; it has to be much tougher for a Mus­lim lad to excel at the top level of foot­ball when you are fast­ing dur­ing Ra­madan. The story Robert Drane told of his rise to the elite ranks of foot­ball was very inspiring. But it was also very ag­gra­vat­ing to be re­minded of his ap­palling treat­ment at the hands of ASADA and the AFL, all for drink­ing a sports drink – as if, with all the things go­ing on in the world of sport and foot­ball, this war­ranted a tough penalty. In­stead, he is now al­ways go­ing to be re­mem­bered as the player who got rubbed out for a year for “dop­ing” ... Yeah right.

– Shane O’Con­nor, via email

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