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Findlay Slams Oliver Penalty As "Absolutely Disgraceful"
Amid the subsequent brouhaha of newspaper headlines & talk-back radio debate over Damien Oliver’s suspension, former jockey Andrew Findlay (banned 3 times for cocaine use) “slammed” Oliver's penalty & told The Herald-Sun it was “absolutely disgraceful”. Findlay declared a rider “of Oliver's calibre did not deserve to be treated in such a manner” & said the penalty was “grossly out of whack” compared to his own misdemeanours. He emphasised: “Compared to what I did, it's nothing. It's like taking a Panadol. I've been done 3 times for cocaine. I've got a really bad record, what Ollie has done is so minor. Ollie doesn't deserve this. At the very worst, he should have got a reprimand. He doesn't deserve this bad publicity; it's been blown out of proportion. I'm concerned about Ollie's reputation. He's a top bloke, one of the best riders we've seen, one of the world's greats. He's got an unblemished record for 20 years. You can't do it to him.” Findlay was suspended for 18 months in July 2007 for testing positive to cocaine & received a 9-month suspension on the same offence in December 2006. Oliver, 37, is the first jockey in Victoria to test positive to ephedrine.