Daryl Murphy: Cocaine on night out led to FA ban

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Daryl Murphy (right) was at Nottingham Forest when he received a six-week suspension last season - PA
Daryl Murphy (right) was at Nottingham Forest when he received a six-week suspension last season - PA

Republic of Ireland international Daryl Murphy has admitted to taking cocaine on a night out that led to him being banned by the Football Association.

Murphy, who now plays for Bolton Wanderers, was at Nottingham Forest when he received a six-week suspension last season and did not play between Oct 6 and Dec 8.

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The FA’s policy is not to name players who have failed drugs tests, so it has only become general knowledge due to Murphy’s public admission. In a statement released to The Athletic website, the 36-year-old striker said: “Firstly, I would like to stress that the taking of recreational drugs is something that I don’t condone whatsoever.

“I served a suspension at the beginning of last season for making a bad decision while on a night out.

“This was an isolated incident which happened out of competition when we had no game. I immediately regretted it.

“I am not proud of what I did, but it’s something I have put behind me as I want to concentrate on my football career.”

Murphy returned the positive sample after being subject to the FA’s “target testing” in which players can be asked to submit blood and urine testing “any time and anywhere, including at home, on a no-advance-notice basis”.

The FA chooses not to name players who have failed tests in case as it is often a young player at the beginning of their career or could relate to someone with a drug problem. It is said that the latter does not apply to Murphy, who took the cocaine on a night out.

Murphy won 32 caps for the Republic before retiring from international football in January of last year, with the highlight of that aspect of his career being Euro 2016 at which he played in the famous 1-0 victory over Italy.

He began his English league career with Luton Town before returning to his hometown club Waterford United.

He then spent the majority of his career firstly with Sunderland, and then Ipswich Town, before joining Forest in 2017. He has scored five goals in eight appearances this season for Bolton, currently bottom of League One.

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