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Lawyer for Woods' Canadian doc says charges have "nothing to do with the golfer"

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New York, Dec 19 (ANI): The lawyer for Tiger Woods' doctor, Tony Galea, who performed a controversial procedure on the golfer, says the charges have "absolutely nothing to do with Woods."

Galea has come under the scanner of investigative agencies after he was linked to illegal dugs including human growth hormone (HGH).

Apparently, he had earlier given his controversial platelet-rich plasma injection therapy to Woods following his 2008 knee surgery.

"Dr. Galea has not been and is not involved in providing performance-enhancing drugs to competitive athletes," the New York Daily News quoted lawyer Brian Greenspan as saying.

"The name Tiger Woods and any suggestion of a linkage to Tiger Woods is nonexistent. Tiger Woods has nothing to do with this case," he added.

Greenspan also denied reports saying authorities had linked Galea to providing performance-enhancing drugs to other athletes.

Galea has been charged with four counts of violating Canadian laws.

He said the case was about Galea's use of Actovegin, a derivative of calves' blood, which has potential as a doping product but is not currently banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency it is administered intravenously and is not approved in Canada.

"It is not a substance that is on the approved list," Greenspan said, adding that Actovegin is used worldwide by "numerous specialists in the sports field. Our position is there was nothing unlawful about Dr. Galea's use of that substance in Canada and therefore these charges are without merit." (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, December 19, 2009, 11:20 [IST]
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