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Trainer Butler withdraws appeal against five-year ban

ESPN staff
December 20, 2013
Gerard Butler admitted to administering Rexogin to four horses himself © Getty Images

Trainer Gerard Butler has withdrawn his appeal against the five-year ban given to him by the British Horseracing Authority over the use of banned steroids in horses under his care.

Butler was handed the suspension following a BHA hearing earlier in December, where he admitted to seven charges of doping nine of horses in his care with a banned anabolic steroid - of which five were given the joint treatment Sungate. Butler also admitted administering Rexogin to four horse himself.

He then lodged an appeal against the ruling, but the BHA confirmed in a statement on Friday that Butler had decided not to contest the ban.

"Butler said he had made a "big mistake, and (I) am paying a big price"' following the inquiry, but on December 11 launched an appeal to contest the result of the hearing," the statement said. "However, the BHA were informed on Thursday night, via Butler's solicitor, that the Newmarket trainer has decided to withdraw his appeal."

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