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banner Friday, 12 January, 2001, 15:14 GMT
Daum: I took cocaine
Christoph Daum
Daum in happier times as Leverkusen coach
Disgraced German football coach Christoph Daum has admitted taking cocaine.

The former Bayer Leverkusen coach had been lined up to take control of the German national team in June but was ruled out of contention amid allegations of cocaine-fuelled orgies with prostitutes.

Daum had initially denied the allegations but was caught out after analysis of a hair sample suggested he had taken illegal drugs.

A second test proved inconclusive.


There's no question of me being an addict
  Christoph Daum
But on returning from a three-month self-imposed exile in Florida, the 47-year-old explained:

"I admit I have taken cocaine in the past.

"I took the drug in private.

"There's no question of me being an addict or being ill as a side-effect.

"I am aware of the scope of this error and I am ready to assume responsibility for it."

Earlier this week Daum called for the matter to be resolved and said he was anxious to resume his coaching career.

"I have had to keep silent for long enough but now I am happy to be home."

Rudi Voller, who has successfully stepped into the breach as German national coach, said he was pleased but surprised to see Daum return.

"I think it's great he's back and I hope things can be sorted out," said Voller, who had originally only been due to steer the national squad through to the summer before giving way to Daum.

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