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Simone Warne to stand by her man

Shane Warne's wife said on Friday she will stand by her beleaguered husband despite the latest sex scandals involving the controversial Australian cricketer.
PTI | By AFP, Melbourne, Australia
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2004 07:49 PM IST

Shane Warne's wife said on Friday she will stand by her beleaguered husband despite the latest sex scandals involving the controversial Australian cricketer.

In a statement, Simone Warne said she stood by her husband 100 percent and would not let "certain individuals" tear apart their family.

"I stand by my husband 100 per cent. I always have and will continue to, especially through this unnecessary heartache," she said in the statement.

"Certain individuals are trying to destroy our family. This will not happen."

New allegations have surfaced about the champion leg-spinner's private life in the past two weeks.

South African woman Helen Cohen Alon has claimed she was offered 200,000 rand (28,000 US dollars) in a string of threatening phone calls and text messages by an associate of Warne to keep quiet about their relationship.

Cohen Alon has accused Warne of bombarding her with raunchy mobile phone text messages.

A Melbourne stripper has also approached media outlets with allegations of an affair with the leg-spinner.

In August 2000 Warne admitted he made lewd telephone calls to a nurse while playing county cricket in England. He subsequently lost the Australian Test team vice-captaincy over the incident.

Warne said on Friday he will take no further part in any official training until the end of his 12-month drug ban in February.

The high-profile 33-year-old told a press conference here that the arguments about what he can do in cricket during his ban had gone on for too long.

Cricket Australia (CA) has been told by the government-funded Australian Sports Commission (ASC) that it was unacceptable for Warne to train while serving his 12-month ban for taking a banned diuretic, detected in a doping test prior to the World Cup in South Africa.

Under CA's anti-doping policy, the training ban covers national, state and even club training.

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