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Shane Warne slammed for luring Twitter fans to online gambling site

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Melbourne, April 12 (ANI): Former Australian international cricketer Shane Warne has been slammed for luring his Twitter followers to sign up to an online gambling site.

According to the Herald Sun, Warne, 40, tweeted on April 11 that followers could get 8 dollars free poker money if they signed up to the online site of 888 poker.

"All my followers get free 8 dollars poker money by signing up here," he wrote.

Warne, whose Twitter site has more than 47,000 followers, also included a link to the gambling website, reports News.com.au.

The tweet angered anti-gambling campaigner the Rev Tim Costello, who said children could be influenced.

"Sporting heroes do carry a responsibility to ensure that kids who idolise them are protected from things that aren't appropriate for their age," Costello said.

"Most of us forget that you put something out there and people under age are also reading," he added.

Warne's agent, James Erskine, said he was not aware of the tweet. (ANI)

Story first published: Monday, April 12, 2010, 13:23 [IST]
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