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Former Newcastle United striker admits cocaine use and ban from football after caught out

11 months ago
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One-time Newcastle United centre-forward, Daryl Murphy, has now went public in admitting he used cocaine.

The striker was bought by Rafa Benitez for £4m in summer 2016 to help get Newcastle straight back into the Premier League.

The then 33 year old experienced Republic of Ireland player was brought in as a back-up striker to the likes of Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

He actually ended up outscoring Mitro that that season in the second tier, Daryl Murphy scoring five goals despite just seven starts and eight sub appearances, playing 687 Championship minutes in total.

With job done, the then 34 year old striker was sold to Nottingham Forest for £2m in summer 2017, as Newcastle returned to the Premier League, Mike Ashley loosening the purse strings to buy PL quality, with £5m ‘splashed’ out on Joselu…

It was at Nottingham Forest where Daryl Murphy was caught out.

The striker going public now in telling The Athletic that he failed  drug test after taking cocaine on a night out.

Murphy revealing that the FA then banned him for six weeks ‘at the beginning of last season’ when he was at Forest.

Checking back, Daryl Murphy kicked off the 2018/19 season playing for Forest and indeed scored in a 3-1 League Cup win over Newcastle at the end of August 2018.

It looks like he served his ban in October and November 2018, as he was named in Forest squads on 6 October and 1 December but not in between.

Daryl Murphy says it was a ‘bad decision’ and he is ‘not proud’ of what he did.

The drugs ban was a secret until now because the FA have a policy of not naming players who have failed drug tests.

Daryl Murphy turns 37 in March but is still knocking in the goals, the forward had five goals in eight League One games for Bolton this season.

Daryl Murphy speaking to The Athletic:

“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.”

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