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Sportsbet ad controversy

Gambling giant Sportsbet sparks controversy over commercial featuring Ben Johnson

Sportsbet has been read the riot act from the government over a controversial commercial featuring convicted drug cheat Ben Johnson.

The promotion spruiks the fact it's online gambling app puts "the roid in android."

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Johnson won gold and set a new world record in the 100-metre sprint at the 1988 Olympics, but was convicted of doping just days later.

Federal sports minister Greg Hunt says the company should pull the promotion, however, Sportsbet said it made no apologies for having a sense of humour.