Unnamed England Footballer Facing FA Backlash After Allegations of Taking Drugs on Team Night Out

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​An unnamed England footballer could be facing backlash from the FA, after a spokesman for the association urged anyone with information relating to allegations of cocaine use to come forward. 

The incident is alleged to have taken place in a nightclub before Christmas, when several players and the club manager went out for a few drinks after a game.

First reported by the ​Sun, the player is said to have been seen by a teammate coming out of the toilet after snorting cocaine, before being reported to the manager, who ‘furiously’ sent the player home in a taxi. 

The FA reiterated, via the ​BBC, that doping offences in English football are rare, but added that it “remains a priority for The FA to find and sanction anyone found taking performance-enhancing or recreational drugs.”

They added: “We encourage anyone with information about any anti-doping violation in football to report it to The FA.”

There is a blanket ban on recreational drug use in English football, and first offences carry a penalty of a 0-3 month ban, while indefinite suspensions can be handed out to those found in breach of the regulations on more than one occasion. 

Although it’s rare that ​Premier League players are found guilty of drug offences, ​iNews reported in August that six professional players in England had failed drug tests over the last year, with identities being kept secret. 

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