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Monday, November 10, 1997 Published at 17:30 GMT


Sport: Football

Footballer suspended after failing drugs test


West Brom defender Shane Nicholson has been suspended and charged with misconduct after failing a drugs test.

The 27-year-old former Lincoln and Derby man tested positive for traces of amphetamine at a test carried out by a Football Association Doping Control Unit at Albion's training ground on October 13.

Amphetamine is classed as a performance enhancing drug, proven to improve speed and endurance and the player was suspended pending an FA disciplinary commission.

Nicholson is the only player to have tested positive so far from 500 samples taken by the FA this season.

In the last three seasons, over 1000 tests had produced 22 positive samples with the last drug test failure seeing Ipswich defender Adam Tanner banned for three months in February after testing positive for cocaine.

West Brom Chief Executive, John Wile, said: "We support the stance being taken by the FA in its quest to free our sport from the influence of drugs.

"We believe it is most important that young people in particular recognise the dangers that such substances pose."

Nicholson has 14 days to respond to the charge with a hearing likely to take place within the next few weeks.



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