Blackwell: Blades considering Kenny options

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Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell has hinted the club will assess their legal options after goalkeeper Paddy Kenny was handed a nine-month ban from all football for failing a drugs test.

A routine sample of Kenny's urine taken after the Blades' clash with Preston in May 2009 was found to have traces of banned substance ephedrine present.

Blackwell told Sky Sports News: ''We know Paddy's not a drugs cheat and they've accepted that. We're just considering our options. We think nine months for a mistake out of a medicine chest seems harsh."

He added: ''We'll consider our options. That's down to the legal people.

"It was a long day and at the end of it they accepted it wasn't taken to enhance sporting performance.

"If you've got a bad chest and you take something to relieve pain it isn't going to make you quicker, faster, taller."

Blackwell went on to warn all professional athletes of the dangers of taking over-the-counter remedies without consulting doctors.

He added: "Players have to take responsibility for their lives and actions but new regulations which have come in in the last couple of years mean a player can be pulled in at any time.

"If you're not feeling well, make sure you check every detail (with medicines) because the ramifications for anyone caught breaking the rules are very severe.

"It's a lesson for every professional footballer and athlete now, with the Olympics coming up, they're very hot on it...I think you'll see the authorities really clamping on it."

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