Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Newts suspended after drugs test

Former Charlton midfielder Shaun Newton has been suspended for seven months from 20 May after testing positive for cocaine. The 30-year-old provided the positive test following West Ham's FA Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough on 23 April.

A popular player at Charlton who left the Addicks for Wolves before going to the Irons, Newts received a warm welcome when he returned with West Ham last season, applauding the crowd before the start of both halves.


Blogger Kappacino Kid said...

Newts is one of my favourite ex harlton players, even though he neevr quite cut it at Prem. level, so I am saddened and dissapointed to hear this news. however, he is not some kid, he is a dad with 3 kids and he has been totally irresponsible. The ban is a joke, he will be back by November, probably with a Championship Club, he is not some young kid as Bowyer was and Jamie Stuart was, an 18 month ban was not unreasonable and again the authorities have baulked at making an example of a player.

10:34 PM  
Blogger beauzo said...

The FA and their governors at FIFA persist in standing alone in the lack of punishment of drug mis-use. All Olympic and professional sports that have lists of banned substances impose a minimum 2 year suspension on micreants or those who refuse to supply samples when requested. Football assumes it is a special case and lets cheats and the irresponsible off with much much lighter punishment.
I was excited by the apparent promise in the teenage Shaun Newton who first appeared as a goal scoring winger 12 years ago. That promise was of course never realised and if I'm honest my view of him at Charlton darkened as the years passed. Whether West Ham choose to "stand by him at this difficut time, blah blah"... is up to them but the fact remains that an effective 4 month suspension is letting him off way too lightly. Cocaine is a banned substance in football, whether it is performance enhancing is irrelevant; as such its use cannot be tolerated. For Shaun to have allowed himself to be exposed is one of two things; either rank stupidity of the lowest order or utter disregard and disrespect of his position and employers. Either one reflects on him in an extremely poor light. The penalty imposed by football and by his employer should reflect this. When one adds in his personal situation as a father of 3 I fail to see where any sympathy or understanding can be justified. The chance that he may continue to earn money as a footballer is an affront to to the game itself.

9:31 AM  
Blogger colin from welling said...

It seems to be currently very un-PC to ban players for the use of 'recreational' drugs, with the preference for sending them to Tony Adams' clinic the order of the day. Newts can think himself very lucky that this is the current trend.

KK, interesting point about his age and responsibilites. Put like that he really ought to know better.

Very lucky boy indeed!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Wyn Grant said...

I'm saddened by it because I always liked him as a player even though he never really did quite as well as I hoped he might. But he has been very stupid and has got off lightly with the Irons being very tolerant.

7:00 AM  

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