O’Connor named in Drugs Scandal

Former Birmingham City striker Garry O’Connor has been named by Channel 4 documentary Dispatches as the Premier League player hidden by the FA after failing a drugs test.

The now Hibs attacker tested positive for cocaine back in October 2009, and was handed a two-month ban. Despite this, the details remained a secret to help the player’s rehabilitation, with the St Andrew’s outfit claiming he was injured and the FA not revealing the sanction.

When the ban finished, the Scotland international went on loan to Barnsley, who were not informed of the reasons behind the frontman being sidelined over the prior months.

The television programme is said to have proof of 21 failed tests by professional footballers since 2003, all due to recreational drug use, and a number of other players have been named and shamed.

Former Fulham player Elvis Hammond was given a six-month ban for having the drug in his system back in September 2003, whilst former Rochdale striker Lee Thorpe and ex-Crewe player Lloyd McGowan were also named.

The news is sure to hurt the image of the game in England, and the FA can expect increased interest from the World Anti-Doping Agency regarding the revelations.

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