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Last Updated: Monday, 19 December 2005, 12:58 GMT
Anderson gets six-month drugs ban
Swansea City defender Ijah Anderson
Anderson played 13 times for Swansea last season
Swansea City defender Ijah Anderson has been suspended for six months after failing a drugs test.

Anderson, 29, was also fined 500 by the Football Association of Wales for testing positive for cocaine after a random test on 1 November.

Swansea had said they would sack Anderson if he was found guilty by the FAW disciplinary committee.

Anderson pleaded his innocence at Wednesday's hearing, claiming his drink had been spiked in a nightclub.

He has 10 days to lodge an appeal, and Swansea say they will wait for his decision before deciding on his future at the club.

Swansea were also warned over their future conduct after the FAW said the club had broken a confidentiality rule by disclosing Anderson had failed a drugs test before the disciplinary panel had reached a verdict.

Said FAW secretary general David Collins: "The Football Association of Wales does not comment on doping offences until the panel has deliberated and come to a decision.

"Unfortunately, somehow [Anderson's name] had got out into the press a few weeks ago and we, following the finding of the panel, will be writing to all our clubs to remind them of their responsibilities.

"Should they not take head of that, they will be subject to misconduct in the future."

Anderson joined the Swans on an initial month's deal in November 2004 after being released by Bristol Rovers.

He then signed an improved deal in January this year which tied him to the club until June 2006.

The left-back has made just six substitute appearances this season.

He was due to make his first start in the LDV Vans match against Rushden & Diamonds on 22 November, but was immediately withdrawn from the side when Swansea learned of his positive drug test.



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