Five Premier League players who were hit with drug bans

In today’s major football news, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has decided not to contest his positive drug result and he is now set to face a ban from UEFA.

In view of this latest development, we take a look at five other Premier League footballers who have previously received drug bans.

5) Jake Livermore (Hull City)

Before Sakho, Livermore was the most recent instance of a Premier League footballer failing a drug test. He was tested positive for cocaine following a 2–0 win against Crystal Palace in April 2015. On 15 May 2015, he was suspended by both the FA and Hull City for the remainder of the season.

In September 2015, a disciplinary hearing decided that the provisional ban would not be extended.

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4) Abel Xavier (Middlesbrough)

The Portuguese international, famous for his eccentric hairstyles and beard, was found positive for banned substance Dianabol following a UEFA Cup tie in 2005. He served a 12-month ban as a punishment for failing the drug test.

3) Chris Armstrong (Crystal Palace)

The Crystal Palace player tested positive for cannabis in March 1995 and became the first Premier League player to tested positive in a drug test. However, he returned to football within a month after attending a rehab programme.


2) Kolo Toure (Manchester City)

Kolo Toure, Sakho’s teammate at Liverpool, also failed a drug test in 2011 when he was playing for Manchester City. He was imposed with a six-month suspension from football by World Anti-Doping Agency.

1) Adrian Mutu (Chelsea)

The case of Adrian Mutu was quite possibly the most publicised one in modern football history. The highly-rated Romanian arrived at Stamford Bridge in a £15.8 million move from Parma in 2003. However, in September 2004, he failed a drug test for cocaine and was subsequently released on 29 October 2004.

He received a seven-month ban and a £20,000 fine from the FA.

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