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FA confirms no suspension for Livermore

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City FC midfielder Jake Livermore will face no suspension despite testing positive for a prohibited substance.

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The football governing body says that the decision, which comes after an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, has been made due to 'the specific and unique nature of the circumstances surrounding the case.'

Livermore tested positive for cocaine after the Tigers' 2-0 Barclays Premier League win over Crystal Palace in April and played three further matches before being banned by the Football Association.

Failed in-competition drugs tests carry a maximum ban of two years but Livermore has avoided a more serious ban due to extenuating personal circumstances relating to the death of his newborn child in May 2014.

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Livermore hasn't played for Hull City since failing a drug test in April Credit: Press Association

According to the Daily Mail, the 25-year-old midfielder, who tested positive for cocaine in a random doping test in April will escape a lengthy ban following his extenuating personal circumstances.

It is understood the test came just days after an inquest into the death of his baby, and that his club were fully aware that Livermore was having a difficult time coping with the loss.

Livermore, who signed for the club from Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 in an £8 million deal, made 39 appearances in all competitions last season for the Tigers, in a campaign which ended in relegation.

A failed in-competition test for a 'social' drug such as cocaine carries a maximum two-year ban.


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Reports: Livermore suffered loss before failed drug test

Hull midfielder Jake Livermore was reportedly struggling with the death of his child when he tested positive for cocaine last season.

Livermore hasn't played for Hull City since failing a drug test in April Credit: Press Association

Livermore tested positive for the Class A drug after the Tigers' 2-0 win over Crystal Palace in April and was suspended pending a Football Association hearing.

It is understood that Hull were fully aware Livermore was battling difficult personal circumstances and the Daily Mail reported on Thursday that his failed test came just days after the results of an inquest into the death of his baby.

Livermore remains suspended by Hull, who will not take questions on the 25-year-old until the FA investigation is resolved.

The club are unable to comment on Jake Livermore until his case with the Football Association concludes.

– Hull City AFC

A failed in-competition test for a 'social' drug such as cocaine carries a maximum two-year ban.

The 25-year-old originally joined Hull on loan from Tottenham for the 2013/14 season, making the deal permanent in an £8million deal last summer.

He has one England cap, having appeared in a 2-1 friendly win over Italy in 2012.

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