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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Sunday, 27 May, 2001, 14:07 GMT 15:07 UK
Sacked pair talk of drugs scandal
O'Boyle and Thomas had their sackings upheld by the SFA
The SFA upheld the sackings of O'Boyle and Thomas
Sacked St Johnstone strikers George O'Boyle and Kevin Thomas have spoken out about the drug-taking scandal that has put their careers in serious doubt.

The pair had their contracts terminated after being caught by a club official in the toilets of a Perth pub at a Christmas party.

The dismissals were overturned by the Scottish Premier League but then upheld by the Scottish Football Association.

Both O'Boyle and Thomas have refused to comment publicly about the incident until now.


There was this thin line of white powder stuff sitting on the toilet roll holder
  George O'Boyle
The pair told The News of the World they had been offered a white substance in the pub and had accepted out of "drunken curiosity".

O'Boyle said: "This guy came out of a cubicle and started talking to me. I had never seen him before and honestly don't remember what he was like - at the time he was just another stranger wanting to talk.

"He said he had overheard us talking about our injuries and that he had a wee something that wouldn't make us feel so bad.

"He said: 'It'll be all right - just go into the cubicle.' We went in and there was this thin line of white powder stuff sitting on the toilet roll holder.

"It was drunken curiosity that drove us on."

Fifteen pints

Thomas added: "We just looked at each other thinking 'is this what we think it is?'. Then, obviously not thinking straight, we tasted it by dipping a finger in.

"It was floury and tasted sour. I don't think it did anything. I didn't feel different."

The pair left the cubicle to discover club physiotherapist Nick Summersgill waiting for them.

The players said they believed they had drunk 15 pints before the incident.

O'Boyle is currently training with Raith Rovers while Thomas is injured and without a club.

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Sacked pair in court appeal
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